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Vidalia Reins King in the Onion Kingdom

Updated on April 29, 2012
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I am Robert Elias Ballard, married to Pearlie Jane (PJ) for 45 years on November 24, 2017. We live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Sweet Vidalia's Um Um Good!

I don't know very many people from the mountains who do not enjoy their onions. Now I know preparing the onion for the table might involve a few tears and several washing's of the hands to get the odor removed but what a worthwhile labor it is. Then another problem arises with raw onion breath which is not the most romantic or enticing to those who might be planning on a little bit of smooching, for many a sure turnoff.

It's that time of year when the Vidalia onions from the great state of Georgia are making their annual appearance. Already I have two bags which I'm sharing with family and friends. A big slice of Vidalia sure gives a college education on those grilled burgers at family outings. With so many uses our Vidalia's will not last long. They will be added to dinner favorites of meatloaf and almost any dish that will be prepared in our our country kitchen. Some will be used in the relishes my wife makes such as pepper chow and chow chow later this summer.

The Vidalia onion is the one often used for those great appetizers served in many restaurants such as Outback Steakhouse. Although not the healthiest for those who are watching their diet, an occasional temptation we all indulge.

The Vidalia was introduced near Vidalia, Georgia in the early 1930's. It became the state vegetable in 1990 and legislation by the State of Georgia limits the growing of these now famous onions to only a select number of counties in the state. There is a saying here in WNC that the best thing coming out of Georgia is I 85 heading North but the Vidalia onion along with those great Georgia peaches are two I have have taken a liking.


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    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Being an onion lover I have to say Vidalia's rule! I have a feeling your Bloomin Onion recipe will bring tears to the eyes of many (pun) Great little hub!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I agree, the Vidalia onion rocks!

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Love Vidalia onions, of course. None like it anywhere. Fun Hub!

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