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Vidalia® Onions SnackChat

Vidalia® Onions SnackChat

All varieties of produce have their own unique qualities, but Vidalia® onions are in a category of their own. These sweet and crunchy onions hailing from the state of Georgia are highly coveted by shoppers far and wide. On the shelf, they are a harbinger of warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere, ushering in peak grilling season each and every year. With a variety this special, it takes a true category expert to educate the masses. Luckily, we know a few…

Mike Roberts,

Vice President of Produce Operations,
Harps Food Stores

“I remember when I first started in a produce department in the late 1980s. I did not know what a Vidalia® onion was and why they were so popular. I got an education from our customers that first year. And WOW were they right—we ate them like apples in the back room. What a great tasting onion! Vidalia onions really started the demand for having sweet onions all year long instead of just in the spring and summer. They are so versatile in the kitchen and can be used in various culinary applications. You can enjoy them raw in salads, on sandwiches, or as a topping for burgers; there’s nothing like a burger with a fresh Arkansas tomato with some awesome Georgia Vidalia onions on it! Vidalia onions can also be cooked and caramelized, adding a sweet and savory flavor to dishes. You cannot beat a sweet Vidalia onion from the great state of Georgia!”

John Shuman,

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Shuman Farms

“The Vidalia onion is the world’s most famous onion, and there is no secret why. Their unique, sweet, mild flavor is perfect for any dish, and their seasonality gives consumers something to look forward to each spring. Enjoyed by chefs, food enthusiasts, and home cooks everywhere, there’s no better addition to a recipe than a Vidalia onion.”

Troy Bland,

Chief Executive Officer, Bland Farms®

“True Vidalia sweet onions can only be grown in Georgia. In fact, just 20 counties in the Southeast part of Georgia are responsible for supplying all the Vidalias. Georgia’s soil has a low sulfur content, which contributes to Vidalia’s sweetness and cuts down on the acidity. The Vidalia has become renowned for its mild, sweet flavor which makes it versatile enough to eat raw in salads and sandwiches or caramelized, because their natural sugars break down into simpler, sweeter forms, creating that nice brown color. My dad’s (Delbert Bland, Owner) favorite way to eat a Vidalia is to peel the skin off, core out the center, put a bouillon cube in the center, add a pat of butter, microwave for 3 minutes, and enjoy. Doesn’t get better than that!”

Cliff Riner,

Vice President of Ag and Grower Relations,
G&R Farms®

“At G&R Farms, we take pride in cultivating the most world-renowned onion asked for by name: the Vidalia onion. Known for its consistently mild and sweet flavor, it stands apart from the competition. Our commitment to quality and sustainability allows us to set a standard for industry leadership and deliver on our core values of passion and service. We start with the right varieties and do our part to manage the production and post-harvest process, and we end up with the best onion that is loved for its versatility; with unparalleled consistent sweetness, it fits every dish and every meal from burgers and sandwiches to salads, pizzas, side dishes, onion rings, and more. The demand for Vidalia onions continues to grow, reflecting the consumer’s appreciation for exceptional flavor and quality. We’re proud to contribute to the culinary journey of our customers, delivering an experience that goes beyond ordinary onions, to something extraordinary.”