Lasso the Sweet Taste of Texas
Nobody Knows Onions Like Texans Know Onions
For bigger and better sweet onions, look to the Lone Star State. We breed these plump, juicy bulbs to taste as sweet as a Texas sunrise and cause no fears of tears. The first fresh onions of the season, Texas SpringSweet Onions are available from mid-March until June, while Texas 1015 SuperSweet Onions make an appearance from mid-April to June.
What makes our onion so darned sweet? Well, besides the sunny climate of South Texas' Rio Grande Valley and the gentle nature of the folks who grow these beautiful bulbs, we had some real scientific help.
Horticulturists from Texas A&M University found a way to reduce the amount of pyruvate in our onions. That's the natural chemical in all onions that brings tears to the eyes and sharpness to the tongue. Once we said goodbye to most of that, what remained was the very best of that mild, sweet Texas onion flavor.
We did all this because Texans don't take onion lightly and - as we hope you agree - good food is nothing to cry over.
Jumbo 1015s - Sweet and Smooth as a Texas Waltz
It took about 10 years and a million dollars in research to come up with a giant onion with the sweetest flavor in the country. Texas 1015 SuperSweet Onions can grow as large as a grapefruit, weigh up to a pound apiece, and are so sweet and mild you can eat them straight out of the chute. Because 1015s are predominantly single-centered and measure three to four inches in diameter, they also make especially good onion rings.
Awesome Onions with a Big Health Bonus
The sweet taste of Texas onions is reason enough to include them in your menu. But there's more good news.
Onions have naturally occurring compounds that have been reported to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. They also contain quercitin, an antioxidant that has been found to inhibit the growth of some cancer cells. To top it off, onions are low in calories and are a good source of vitamin C.
Be Picky. Choose the Best from Texas - and Keep Them That Way!
First, pick Texas onions with shiny, thin skins and tight, dry necks. Store them in a dry, well-ventilated area, either in a single layer or in netting or hosiery (that's right - hosiery), with a knot separating each onion. If you do this, they should remain fresh up to 30 days from harvest. After you slice into a Texas SpringSweet or 1015 SuperSweet Onion, be sure to cover it in the refrigerator to preserve all that good sweetness.
How to Savor the Flavor of Texas Sweet Onions
Texas onions go anywhere other onions go - they just make the trip sweeter. Wherever onions are found in a recipe, Texas SpringSweet and 1015 SuperSweet Onions will give that dish a sweet, mild flavor and reduce the bite. For that reason, they're especially good when eaten raw - in sandwiches, salads, salsas and dips. Cooked up in other dishes, they're even sweeter. Try them in soups, casseroles, quiches, pizzas and pasta. (One pound of Texas onions equals about 5 or 6 cups of rings, or 2 1/2 cups chopped.)
- Lone Star Oniony Bread Strips
- Cowboy Blue Corn Nachos
- Hot and Sweet Pepper Salad with Corn-Onion Cakes
- Margarita Texas Sweet Onion Salsa
- Tex-Mex Chunky Salsa Salad
- Stuffed Texas Sweet Onion Shells