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Sweet Onions from Shuman Produce

Family-owned Shuman Produce is headquartered in the center of the Vidalia® growing region in southeast Georgia and has been in the sweet onion industry for more than 30 years.  The legacy began in the mid-1980s with a small family farm in Reidsville, GA and today has become a leading grower and shipper of sweet onions year-round.

Shuman Produce is dedicated to producing the highest quality sweet onions.  Their sweet onions are harvested by hand, and then moved to state-of-the-art packing facilities where they are further dried, cleaned, sorted and graded for shipping.  Sophisticated systems guarantee the quality of RealSweet sweet onions throughout their year-round sweet onion program.

Vidalia sweet onions have always been the benchmark at Shuman Produce, but their availability is seasonal (mid-April to late August).  To ensure customers get the best-tasting, highest-quality sweet onions all year long, Shuman Produce has growing ventures in Texas, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Peru, Chile and Mexico.  These regions provide the best quality onions throughout the year.  In the Vidalia onion off-season, Shuman Produce grows their sweet onions in Peru because it offers the combination of ideal weather conditions and sandy soils needed to grow a truly sweet onion.  While the growing area in Peru is a desert climate, all of the fields are irrigated using drip irrigation to conserve this most precious resource.  Peruvian sweet onions are the closest relative to the Vidalia onion in terms of taste, sweetness and color so you can trust that the high quality you expect from our RealSweet® sweet onion is maintained throughout the year.

Health Benefits of Sweet Onions

  • 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.

Here’s a few recipes to try the next time you bring RealSweet Sweet Onions home!

Real Sweet Veggie Omelet

Classic Sweet Onion Soup

RealSweet Vidalia Baked Onion Rings

30-Minute Veggie Tortellini Soup

 

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