Do Texas Onions Get Sweet When Cooked?

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Do Texas Onions Get Sweet When Cooked?

The question is in the title: is cooking what makes our Texas 1015 Onions sweet? Well, cooking – that is, caramelizing – our Texas 1015s may make them sweeter, but they’re already pretty sweet to begin with!

Here are some common questions about sweet onions, and how to cook and store them:

  1. What makes 1015 onions sweet?

    The reason 1015 onions (so called because they’re planted around the middle of October – i.e. 10/15) taste so sweet even when they’re still raw is because they have less sulfur than most other onions, which brings the natural sugars to the forefront (that’s also why they’re less pungent – you won’t cry while you chop these onions!).

  1. So, does cooking Texas sweets make them even sweeter?

    Actually, yes…cooking brings out the sweetness in all onion varieties because it reduces the sulfur and coaxes the natural sugars out. The best way to achieve this is through caramelization.

  1. What is caramelization?

    Caramelization is the process of browning that happens when sugar is heated. When the raw sliced or chopped onions are slowly cooked, the larger sugar molecules in them are broken down into smaller, simpler sugar molecules. This is why caramelized onions have a sweeter taste than their raw counterparts.

  1. Should I caramelize my sweet onions?

    If you want to add caramelized onions to your dishes, we recommend you buy onions that are more pungent, such as yellow onions. With their lack of pungency, our Texas 1015s probably won’t give that boost of oniony flavor you’re looking for in some dishes. And it would be a waste of their unique, bright flavor!

  1. How should I use my Texas sweet onions?

    The mild flavor of 1015 sweet onions makes them perfect for using raw in salads and relishes or chopped as a garnish. You’ll love adding thick slices to your hamburger, too. As far as cooking goes…roasting them produces fabulous results, and we firmly believe there’s no variety out there that makes better onion rings!

  1. When are sweet onions in season?

    If you’re wondering when to harvest sweet onions, that depends on the variety, but most are ready in the spring and summer. Our Texas 1015 Onions are available from March through June.

  1. How do I store my sweet onions?

    Sweet onions in good shape will keep for a week or two at room temperature. For longer storage keep them in an open paper bag in a cool, dark place. You can put them in the crisper drawer of a fridge in a paper bag or on layers of newspaper. Never keep them wrapped in plastic, though, as their juicy nature makes them susceptible to rot and mold.

  1. Where can I find Texas sweet onions for sale?

    You can’t buy onions like these just anywhere! But you can buy Texas 1015 Sweet Onions online at Pittman & Davis. Prized for their mild, sweet flavor, the Texas 1015 Sweet Onion’s limited supply makes it in high demand. Ours come from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, and their mild, sweet flavor will spoil you for other sweet onion varieties. So take advantage of sweet onion season while you can!

 

 

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