RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions are in season!
With decades of experience growing and shipping premium sweet onions, Shuman Farms RealSweet® brand leads the category year-round. Beginning in April, our Vidalia® onions deliver the freshness, high quality, safety and traceability you’ve come to expect from our farming family. Contact us to learn more about our sweet onion program that will satisfy your customers all year long.
Growing Process: RealSweet® Sweet Onions
How to Cook RealSweet® Sweet Onions
Sweet Onion Health Benefits
- Sweet onions are naturally free of fat and cholesterol and low in sodium.
- Onions are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Both nutrients keep us healthy and protect our bodies form disease.
- Following the Weight Watchers program? Onions, like most fruits and vegetables, count for 0 points. Feel free to add the sweet, savory flavor to your sandwiches and salads without worry of added points!
- Onions contain a plant nutrient called quercitin, which may help fight a variety of cancers and contribute to bone health.
- Recent research has shown that those who consume eight or more servings of vegetables a day are 22 percent less likely to die of heart disease. Add a sliced or chopped onion to your next meal and reap the benefits.
- Onions are thought to provide protection against certain types of cancers. In Vidalia, Ga. – right in the center of sweet onion country – mortality rates from stomach cancer are approximately half of what they are in the rest of the nation. In China, where onions are used in approximately two meals each day, stomach cancer rates are 40 percent lower than in citizens of the United States.
Sweet Onion Storage Tips
- 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.
- Always handle sweet onions carefully. Because they have a higher sugar and water content, they bruise easily.
- Wrap sweet onions separately in paper towels or newspaper and store in the refrigerator.
- Store sweet onions in the legs of clean, sheer pantyhose by tying a knot between each onion and hanging the hose in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Cut above the knot to use an onion.
- Place sweet onions on elevated racks or screens in a cool place… make sure they’re not touching.
- Chop sweet onions and dry them in the oven at the lowest setting. Remove when thoroughly dry but not brown. Store at room temperature in airtight containers.
- To freeze sweet onions, chop and place on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, place the chopped onions in freezer containers or bags.
- To freeze whole sweet onions, peel, wash and core them, then place them in a freezer bag. Since freezing changes the onion’s texture, frozen Vidalias should only be used for cooking.