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Sweet onions provide several health benefits especially since they are naturally free of fat and cholesterol and low in sodium. Share these tips with your family and friends.
The best way to preserve sweet onions and to prevent bruising is to store them in a cool, dry place and separated from each other. View all of our handling and storage tips.
How to Chop Onions
Watch how to properly dice an onion – the easy way – with Chef & The Fat Man! Now it’s your turn. Onions can be difficult to dice, so remember to always cut away from your body.
From Farm to Table
Preparing The Fields
Our Vidalia onion fields are prepared for planting in early September – just after that season’s last Vidalias are shipped. A tractor tills the soil and builds a raised bed where the onion seeds will be planted.
Vidalia Onion Seeds
Vidalia sweet onion seeds, just before they're planted. These seeds can be planted anywhere, but to grow a Vidalia sweet onion, they must be planted within the 20-county growing region in Southeast Georgia.
Planting Vidalia Seeds
Vidalia onion seeds are dropped by specialized planting equipment into the prepared soil. They must be planted at a specific depth and during good weather to ensure they are not washed away.
Seedlings Breaking Through
The first Vidalia onion seedlings are seen breaking through the soil in mid to late September. Vidalias are “short day” onions, or onion plants that grow during the months of fewer daylight hours.
A Vidalia plant after around 30 days of growth is slightly smaller than a pencil. A full size onion bulb can reach the size of a softball. Vidalias are shipped in multiple sizes including medium, jumbo & colossal.
Trimming the Seed Beds
The tops of the Vidalia sweet onions are trimmed back as they are prepared for the transplanting process. Onion plants that are transplanted into new fields are less likely to be affected by common plant diseases.
Vidalia sweet onion plants are carefully pulled from the ground, bundled and taken to a new field where they will complete their growth. These plants are about the size of green onions found in the produce aisle.
Preparing The Transplant Fields
A tractor and specialized machinery is used to punch holes in the transplant fields to prepare a new home for Vidalia sweet onion plants and their next stage of growth as the onions are allowed to bulb.
Vidalias After Transplanting
Each Vidalia sweet onion plant is carefully placed in its new home, approximately 4 ½ to 6 inches apart. Over the next four months, the plant will grow to its full size before the harvest in mid to late April.
Vidalia sweet onion plants are transplanted into their new home in November and December to allow the plants more room to grow and keep them protected from cold weather and disease.
Breaking The Surface
A Vidalia onion bulb breaks through the surface of the sandy Georgia soil. In about a month, this onion will be ready for harvest. It’s the sandy loam soils in the region that help to create the sweet flavor.
Fields of Vidalias
In a few short weeks, these onions will be ready for use in your favorite recipes. The tops of the onion plants stand taller as the day goes on, reaching for the sky as the sun gets higher in the afternoon.
Nearly ready to eat, these Vidalias onions are only days away from full maturity. As the onions reach their peak, the green tops will begin to lay down and signify that they are ready to be harvested.
Time for Harvest
At harvest time, Vidalia sweet onion plants are undercut by a tractor to pull them from the dirt and onto the surface of the field. From this point on, all of the work will be done entirely by hand.
Fresh and Field Dried
Our Vidalias dry naturally in the Georgia sun for several days before they’re brought into our packing facilities. Average temperatures in the 70’s combined with a light breeze make for ideal drying conditions.
Trimming the Onions
Each Vidalia sweet onion is clipped individually by hand and placed into drying bins. This process is done carefully and by hand because a Vidalia onion's high water content allows it to bruise easily.
Cured for Freshness
While the necks and roots of the onions dry in the field, Vidalias will cure for 24 to 48 hours in our state-of-the-art drying rooms at 95 degrees. This helps to keep them fresh in the produce aisle and your pantry.
Grading for Quality
Our Vidalia sweet onions are sized and graded when they’re brought into the packing and storage facility and then again before they are packaged to be sure only the best Vidalia sweet onions are shipped.
Packaged for Shipping
Our Vidalias are packed by specific sizes and weights into the RealSweet® bags and cartons you’ll see at your local grocery store. Each bag is checked by hand for quality and weight accuracy before shipping.
Ready for Delivery
Once packaged, our sweet onions are loaded onto trucks and shipped to your local grocer. The Vidalia growing region may only be in Southeast GA, but our Vidalias are available all over the country.
All of the products we grow on our farms are non-GMO, grown using either organic or conventional farming practices perfected over years – and generations – of experience. We invite you to view our process of how we grow, harvest, package and ship our RealSweet® Vidalia® onions.
Join us where it all begins in the field.