Onions have been cultivated for over 5,000 years and are prized for their flavor, versatility and health benefits. During the 1980s, a few growers in Georgia and Washington State introduced onions with natural sweetness and low pungency. Consumers loved these new sweet onions but they were only available in the markets in the spring and summer months. The rest of the year consumers had to rely on sweet onions imported from Latin America, which rarely match the freshness and high quality of US grown sweet onions.
In the mid 1990’s, the onion breeder for EverMild™ onions found a particularly sweet onion variety and realized that if he followed a specific growing method in areas with the right conditions, he could provide consumers with a superior sweet onion in the fall and winter months.
EverMild™ onions are grown in the Pacific Northwest, where the dry climate and sandy, low sulphur soil are optimal for growing the best onions. EverMild™ growers ensure onions arrive in the marketplace in better condition and stay fresher longer than other sweet onion varieties. Every lot is tested to make sure only mild onions pass, providing consumers with some of the sweetest, most flavorful onions available from September through March.
Fruits and vegetables, including onions, are an important part of a healthy diet. Onions are naturally low in calories and are a natural source of essential nutrients and antioxidants which provide important health benefits.
Antioxidants help to inactivate free radicals that may otherwise damage cells and tissues. One important antioxidant is quercetin, which is more abundant in onions than in other commonly consumed fruits and vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes or broccoli. Additional antioxidants in onions are vitamin C and the sulfur containing compounds responsible for EverMild’s flavor.
Learn more about published scientific studies regarding onions and their phytochemical and health properties: http://www.onions-usa.org/pdf_files/phytochemical.pdf
Onion Storage Tips
Onions should be stored and kept in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
- Ideal conditions for onions are 34 to 60° with 65% to 70% relative humidity.
- It’s important to keep onions out of direct sunlight so they don’t sprout.
- A basket or mesh bag provides good air circulation and works well for storing onions.
Whole onions can also be kept in the refrigerator for a week or two. Under proper conditions, whole EverMild™ onions can last up to four weeks at home. DO NOT store whole onions in plastic bags. The lack of air circulation reduces storage life and may cause them to turn moldy. DO NOT store onions with potatoes or other produce items that release moisture, for the same reason. Onions that are already cut will keep for several days if sealed in plastic bags and refrigerated.