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Product Spotlight: Onions
Overview
Onions are a member of the bulb family. These flavorful vegetables are packed with nutrients. They are excellent sources of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. The sulfur compounds in onions are thought to have anti-clotting properties, and to help lower triglycerides. With all of these nutrients, onions are perfect and add delicious flavors and textures to many different recipes, whether roasted, grilled, chopped, or sliced.
Availability
Conventional onions are sourced from the USA and Mexico year round.
Organic onions are available year round from California, and December-August from Mexico.
 
Available Pack Sizes
            Conventional
                        Red Onions – 25lb. bags (M,L, and Jumbo), 40lb. cartons (Jumbo)
                       Yellow/Brown Onions – 50lb. bags (M,L, and Jumbo)
                       White Onions – 50lb. bags (M,L, and Jumbo)
                       Sweet Onions – 40lb. cartons (Jumbo)
            Organic
                        Good Life Organic™ Red Onions – Loose 40lb. and 16/3lb. bags
                       Good Life Organic™ Yellow Onions – Loose 40lb. and 16/3lb. bags
                       Good Life Organic™ White Onions – Loose 40lb.
            Food Service
                       Red Onions – Medium (5lb., 10lb., 25lb., and 50lb.) and Jumbo (5lb., 10lb., 25lb., and                                     50lb.)
                       Yellow Onions – 5lb., 10lb., or 25lb. Medium and Jumbo; 50lb. Medium, Jumbo, and                                       Colossal
                       White Onions – Medium (5lb., 10lb., 25lb., and 50lb.) and Jumbo (5lb., 10lb., 25lb.,                                       and 50lb.)
 
Retail Merchandising Strategies
  • Include multiple types of onions in your displays. Red, white, and yellow onions make a great color contrast and will attract customers no matter what their onion needs are.
  • Summer: Onions shine for BBQs as a topping for grilled meats. Create a secondary display in the meat department to inspire consumers to add them to their grilled meals.
  • Fall: Onions make a great addition to football game-day displays as a topping for burgers or as an addition to game-day salsa and guacamole.
  • Winter: Include onions in your soup displays, as they add flavor and texture to any soup. Promote onions during the holidays as an addition to stuffing recipes for any holiday meal.
  • Spring: Onions fit perfectly in lots of salads; promote them as a display with other salad vegetables and near your bagged salad displays. 
Veg-Fresh Farms Onions
Food Service Ideas
  • Onions are very versatile, they can be steamed, baked, grilled, or roasted – this means they can be added to almost any dish.
  • ‘NO MORE TEARS’ TIP: Refrigerate onions for 30 minutes before cutting to help cut down on tears. Run onions under warm water to loosen peel.
  • Add onions as a topping for sandwiches or burgers, or to salads and salad bars.
  • Add a little flavor to your breakfast dishes by adding onions to eggs and omelets. 
Storage
  • In the store: Onions must be kept dry and at room temperature. Wet onions will spoil quickly, so keep them away from the misters and refrigeration.
  • At home: Keep onions in a cool, dry, dark place – make sure it is well ventilated. Do not store whole onions in plastic bags; lack of air movement will reduce their storage life. Sweet onions have higher water content, making them more susceptible to bruising and a shorter shelf life. One way to extend the shelf life is to wrap sweet onions in a paper towel or newspaper and place them in the refrigerator to keep them cool and dry. 
Fun Facts
  • You can peel or cut an onion without crying if you cut the root end last, if the onion is cold, or if you cut it while holding the onion under cold running water.
  • Over 450 semi-truck loads of onions are eaten every single day!
  • You can get rid of ‘onion breath’ by eating parsley.
  • The largest onion on record weighed over 10 pounds!
  • Onions are 97% water.
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TidBits is a blog by Veg-Fresh Farms, a place to find training, trends, recipes, and more.  Check back weekly for retail and food service insights, as well as what's happening in the Veg-Fresh Farms Test Kitchen.