Mark your calendars, Vidalia onion lovers, because this popular sweet onion is set to ship next month.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced that April 12 will be the official pack date for the 2022 Vidalia onion season.
“Each year, I, along with the Vidalia Onion Committee, look forward to sharing when Vidalia onions will be on their way to stores, so I’m pleased to announce April 12 as the official pack date this season,” Gary W. Black, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, said. “Cultivated for more than 80 years, Vidalia onions mean a great deal to the state of Georgia, earning a renowned reputation for their sweet distinct flavor and versatility used by chefs and home cooks alike.”
Only available for a limited time each year, Vidalia onions hitting grocery store shelves often signals spring has sprung for fans near and far from the onions’ home state of Georgia. The pack date is determined by growing season soil and weather conditions to ensure quality Vidalia onions.
The pack date rings in the start of the Vidalia onion season, where shoppers can get the sweet onion April through August. Known for their sweet, mild flavor, these onions compliment anything from soups to salads and even desserts.
“In the 2022 season, approximately 10,000 acres of Vidalia onions were planted by 60 registered farmers across 20 southeastern Georgia counties,” Cliff Riner, Vidalia Onion Committee Chairman, said. “Representing about 40 percent of the sweet onion market across America, Vidalia onions are sold in all 50 states and most of Canada.”
Originally discovered by accident in the 1930s during the Great Depression, Vidalia onions have grown to be considered a favorite. The Vidalia Onion Act of 1986 granted the trademark of the name “Vidalia onions” and defined the growing region in South Georgia. Vidalia onions are grown from a distinctive Granex seed, then packed and sold on or after the official pack date annually.