It's that time of year again...the Vidalia onion harvest is on. This uncommonly sweet onion was discovered in 1931 by Mose Coleman in Vidalia, Georgia. The sweetness is attributed to the very low sulfur content in the soil in which it is grown. It is only grown in 13 counties in Georgia on approximately 14,000 acres of land.
Farmers plant Vidaila onions from September through February and they are harvested from late April to mid-June. The onions are very delicate. Each onion must be harvested by hand and then dried.
Vidalia onions are a real taste treat. You'll taste the sweetness immediately if you use one in the Pico de Gallo recipe I posted yesterday. On Thursday, I picked up a 10-pound bag of Vidalia onions at Costco for just $6.49. That's a small price for greatness.
Here's another recipe that really works well with a Vidalia onion: http://terrygruggen.blogspot.com/2011/08/jeff-pinkhams-august-salad.html