Friday, July 23, 2010

Vidalia Onions, by law, only grown in Georgia

Vidalia, Georgia is home of the Vidalia sweet onions.

Photo by: Georgia Dept. of Industry

This unused postcard is from 2010.

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A Vidalia onion is a sweet onion of certain varieties, grown in a production area defined by law in Georgia and by the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

The onions were first grown near Vidalia, Georgia, in the early 1930s. It is an unusually sweet variety of onion, due to the low amount of sulfur in the soil in which the onions are grown.

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.

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