Vidalia Onion, Georgia’s Official State Vegetable

Vidalia Onion

Vidalia Onions, known for their sweetness, come from only one location in the world…Georgia.  It is Georgia’s Official State vegetable. Legislation passed in 1986 authorizing a trademark of the Vidalia Onion.   Once only grown in Vidalia, Georgia due to it’s low sulfur level in soil, it has since been designated by the agriculture department that twenty other areas in Georgia are permitted to grow Vidalia Onions.

To be clear on it’s pronunciation it is  Vi dell ya.    Not the Martha Stewart way Vuh dawl ya.  You’ll be shot!

Many people try to sell onions and pass them off as Vidalia.  So if you see a sign saying Vidalia, the onion better have a sticker designating it’s location or it isin’t a Vidalia.

I know Vidalia’s are not in season just yet…but soon to come.   In the meantime, one can still enjoy sweet onions roasted in the oven or on the grill.

Right now, it is hard to find onions just brought out of storage that don’t have soft spots.

The best way to tell if an onion is suitable for eating is to press the top where the stem would have come out.  If it’s soft, it’s really old.

Roasted onions make for a great side dish with just about anything.  Roast several and you have the makings for onion soup…just add beef broth and a little red wine.

Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil doubled in a 12 to 16 inch square
Core the onion
sprinkle a pinch of garlic powder
sprinkle a pinch of coarse ground pepper
sprinkle a pinch of granulated beef bouillon into the core
drizzle a few drops of olive oil over and into the core
drizzle about one tbls of Worcestershire sauce over the onion
Close the foil up and around the onion and squeeze the top tight

Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for about 45 minutes. Test for doneness by squeezing the foiled onion using a potholder. If there is considerable give, it’s done.


About Pam Rauber

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One response to “Vidalia Onion, Georgia’s Official State Vegetable”

  1. Jillian says :

    We do onions like this on the grill when we grill steaks. They’re delicious!

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