Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Vidalia Onions
Vidalia onions are generally thought
of as being one of the sweetest onions.
Sweet onions are generally loaded with nutrients our bodies
seek, the highest nutrient by far being potassium.
Sweet onions, like Vidalia onions can be both nutritious
and delicious when juiced with raw vegetable
ingredients. Onions add an excellent spice-like flavor to
most vegetable juice recipes. Here are a few of the questions
we attempt to answer about sweet onions in general, and Vidalia
onions in particular.
- What vitamins in sweet onions make them so good for
- What is the best method for juicing onions?
- What are some great buying tips for sweet onions?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about sweet onions, and about Vidalia onions in
particular, that you might not find so easily elsewhere on the
Let's learn more about Vidalia onions and about
sweet onions in general...
Minerals in Sweet Onions (like Vidalia
Vidalia onions, being the sweetest of most all onions, are
the onions we've chosen to represent sweet onions because they
can work so well with most vegetable juices. Sweet onions in
general are probably best known for being loaded with
potassium, but they also contain several other valuable
Vitamins in Sweet Onions
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Trace amounts of Thiamin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid,
Betaine and Vitamin K
Minerals in Sweet Onions
- Trace amounts of Iron, Zinc, Copper and Selenium
Raw sweet onions are low in Sodium, and very low in
Cholesterol. They are also a good source of Dietary Fiber,
Folate, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of
Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.
The next time you think about Vidalia onions, or any kind of
sweet onions... you might be surprised to discover how much a
very small amount can add to the flavor of your vegetable
juices when juicing them.
Tips for Juicing
Vidalia Onions and Onions in General
Juicing Vidalia onions (and other sweet
onions) can add both flavor and valuable nutrients to most
home-juiced vegetable cocktails... or it can result in a
not-so-palatable drink that is difficult, if not
impossible to swallow.
Here are a few tips for juicing onions that may help turn
your juicing experience into something you look forward to and
When juicing onions, always keep in mind that a little goes
a long way (just a few small pieces) to adding nice, sharp
flavor to your vegetable juices.
Juice a very small amount at the beginning of your juice
recipe -- always juicing onions first -- this will
help rid your juicer of the taste of onion.
Purchasing Tips for
Buying Vidalia Onions (and Other Sweet Onions)
If you are unable to grow your own sweet onions, then here
are a few tips for buying sweet onions (like Vidalia
onions) which may help you get the freshest ingredients. We'll
also include a few storing tips for onions which you might
also find helpful.
Choose onions with dry, rustling, papery skins free of
greenish sunburn spots. The onions should not have "necks."
Unpeeled onions should not be refrigerated.
Store unpeeled onions in a cool dark place away from
potatoes. Onions and potatoes react with each other and the
onions will soften from absorbed moisture released by the
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about onions, as well as a
few helpful links if you want to explore Vidalia onions and/or
sweet onions further.
To extend the availability of Vidalia onions
between growing seasons, most producers use a technology
borrowed from the apple industry known as Controlled Atmosphere
(CA) storage. CA essentially puts the onions to "sleep" to help
prolong their availability.
For Vidalia Onions, they can be stored for
several months using CA with an atmosphere of 92% nitrogen, 5%
carbon dioxide and 3% oxygen with the air temperature
maintained at approximately 33 degrees with 70% humidity.
There are about 20 seed varieties of onions
approved for planting as Vidalias by the Georgia Agricultural
Commission. The yellow granex seed varieties selected have
passed through several consecutive years of testing by
University of Georgia Extension Service experts. The onions
they produce must then pass additional test batches, including
checks for taste, physical characteristics, and chemical
Vidalia onions are an unusually sweet variety
of onion, due to the low amount of sulfur in the
soil in which the onions are grown and were first
grown near Vidalia, Georgia, in the early 1930s. Mose Coleman
is considered the person that discovered the sweet Vidalia
Onion variety in 1931.
Georgia's state legislature passed the "Vidalia
Onion Act of 1986" which authorized a trademark for "Vidalia
Onions" and limits the production area to Georgia or any subset
as defined by the state's Commissioner of Agriculture.
The Vidalia onion was named Georgia's official
state vegetable in 1990.
The Onion Futures Act, passed in 1958, bans the
trading of futures contracts on onions in the United States,
after farmers complained about alleged market manipulation at
the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It remains in effect as of
Onions are related to garlic and have many of
the same therapeutic properties.
An onion's pungency is caused by essential
oils, which normalize the sympathetic nervous system and
stimulate beneficial bacteria.
It is believed onion juice may be helpful
expelling mucus from the body.
Sources/Resources for Sweet Onions
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using