Texas Onions

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Post: # 9873Unread post MsCowpea
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:56 pm

I never knew onions were Texas’s biggest crop. I am partial to those GA sweet Vidalia onions which are grown in areas designated by LAW. Grow a Vidalia somewhere else and they throw you in jail. Just kidding. But not about the designated areas protected by legislation. ( The may thing is don’t call your onion a Vidalia. )
Those Vidalias can be just a regular Texas granex onion—it’s the GA soil that makes ‘em special.

This is very interesting if you are into onions. Texas played a big role in onion development.
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/arc ... ONHIS.html
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Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:57 am

We used to get sweet yellow onions out of the valley that were the size of a small cantaloupe.
Haven't seen them in years.
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Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:32 pm

I didn't know onions would be that popular commercially in the south. Great to know. They're big in western Idaho, too, along with sugar beets and grain (the potatoes are grown in other parts of the state). You can get free onions that have fallen off the trucks this time of year, lol. I saw some today on my way somewhere (they always seem to be yellow onions). I never heard of a Vidalia onion before today.

The problem with a crop being big in a state is that they pass laws about them. So, in my state, we can't legally buy Alliums to plant from out of state unless they're certified by some process (and I don't know how to tell if they are). Same for potatoes. The laws also affect planting grocery store produce (Alliums and potatoes), too. We can order true seeds and plant them, though, and order from Idaho vendors, I believe. Unfortunately, I don't know many online Idaho vendors that sell vegetables directly to home gardeners, except for snakeriverseeds.com (which is a seed store) and the big box stores (like the Home Depot and Walmart).

This is why I want true elephant garlic seed. In theory it exists, but I don't see anyone selling it.

I want some of those seeds from Green Mountain multiplier onions, too.

This link will tell you more about Idaho's crops than I could. I'd love to see a similar link for Texas and other states: https://agri.idaho.gov/main/about/about ... aho-crops/
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Post: # 9935Unread post MsCowpea
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:10 pm

. I never heard of a Vidalia onion before today.

What?????? I thought everyone knew about that onion. You could almost eat it like an apple it is that sweet. Well, almost.
Costco has them in season.


It is interesting to see other state’s agricultural output. Didn’t know Idaho was a big seed producer and other things were a surprise as well.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:14 am

Just when you assume everyone knows what you know or heard if what you heard of it isn't true.
I once knew a guy my age that had never heard of Winnie the Pooh.
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:54 am

Yep, Georgia-grown Vidalia onions are just yellow granex onions but the soil in that part of Georgia makes them sweet as candy. The state legislature did pass a law defining the 20 county region that can call their onions Vidalias. There are several other large sweet onions (Walla Walla, Maui and Texas Sweets) but I gotta have the Vidalias. :D

Local high school bands and other organizations sell them in ten pound bags as fund raisers since folks have forgotten about having been hounded to buy pecans in the fall and citrus for Christmas. LOL! The onions are pretty juicy so they don't store well and if you buy 10 lbs you better eat them quick. I just get 'em as needed at the store.

https://www.vidaliaonions.com/history/

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Post: # 10020Unread post MsCowpea
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:12 pm

That’s funny. 10 pounds of onions for a fundraiser. 😂. Thats a good thing to buy, no guilt like you may feel scarfing down
Girl Scout Thin Mints on the way home.

History of crops (and a lot of others things) is always interesting. Somebody recognizes the unique value of a discovery and promotes it.

Not know about Winnie the Pooh? That means he doesn’t know Piglet, Tigger and all the rest. Missed a lot of collective wisdom .
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Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:16 pm

Some parts of Texas grows some very sweet onins.
My place included in raised beds and containers.
It is the lack of sulfur in the soil to some extent.
Plenty of water and nitrogen too.
The store bought green onions I'm growing are like candy almost.
Juice just runs out of them.
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