Onion Tips & Info
Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onions Stand Out from the Rest
Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions, also known as Spanish Sweets, are known for their mild onion flavor and superior cooking characteristics. They perform beautifully as an ingredient or topping, complementing and enhancing other flavors without overwhelming them. Our onions are ideal for popular techniques like caramelizing, sautéing, and grilling due to their high sugar and solids content.
Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onions vs. Sweet Onions
Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions are different from sweet onions in several ways: Many people ask how our onions compare to sweet onions, which are typically available in the summer months (ours are available from August to April). Some of the differences are outlined below:
- Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions are available from August to April. Sweet onions are typically available in the summer months.
- Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions contain more sugar than sweet onions. While our raw onions are somewhat more pungent, cooking brings out their sweet and mellow flavor that chefs love.
- Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions have less water content than sweet onions. When cooked, they retain much of their firm texture.
- Idaho-Eastern Oregon onions store longer—up to nine months under the proper conditions, reducing loss from shrink.
Yellow, Red, or White Onions?
Generally speaking, yellow onions are best for cooking.Red onions are best used for salads. White onions are the traditional choice in Latin dishes and usually served diced and uncooked.
But we all know rules were made to be broken, so don’t be afraid to experiment!