Where Y'Eat
4:50 pm
Sat April 16, 2011

Forget Vidalia, think Petal

New Orleans, LA – I know that you think Vidalia is ground zero for sweet onions. Indeed, we tip our hats to Vidalia, Georgia for training us like monkeys to believe that they are the center of the onion universe. Thanks to living on land that contains little to no sulfur, their onions are sweet. However, let me let you in on a delicious secret: Petal, Mississippi has little to no sulfur in its soil. As a result, their onions are so sweet that I even eat the roots. And that's not all. Tangipahoah Parish's soil is also "sweet." Local onions are available now at our region's farmers markets. I'd stack our onions, tears for tears, against Vidalia's any day of the week. Give me salt, pepper, butter, 25 minutes at 400 degrees and a fork. To find out more about onions and markets, log onto wwno dot org. For the Farmers Market Minute, this is Richard McCarthy.