10 Things You Didn’t Know About Vidalia Onions
It’s officially Vidalia onion season! Celebrate with this list of fun facts about “America’s Favorite Onion.”
- Mose Coleman of Toombs County accidentally discovered the Vidalia onion during the Great Depression.
- Piggly Wiggly was the first retail store to sell Vidalias.
- The Vidalias are named after the town they are grown in, Vidalia, Georgia.
- The sweet flavor is due to the low amount of sulfur in the soil in which the onions are grown.
- It can be called a Vidalia only if it’s grown in one of 20 counties designated by the the Vidalia Onion Act of 1986.
- The Vidalia onion was named Georgia’s official state vegetable in 1990.
- Farmers grow Vidalias on more than 14,000 acres.
- There is a 1,300-square-foot Vidalia Onion Museum that is filled with exhibits that highlight the sweet onion’s economic, cultural and culinary significance.
- Vidalia sales now total $90 million, 40 percent of the nation’s spring onion crop.
- Around 5-million 40 lb. boxes are shipped out each season!
Learn more on the Vidalia Onion Committee website.