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Vidalia brand onions are sweet, juicy, with a high sugar content and just a bit of a bite.
The onions are actually not a botanical variety of onion. The name Vidalia is more of a brand name used for sweet onions grown in Georgia. Legally, 24 different varieties of onions can be sold as Vidalias. Some are grano-type onions (which originated in Spain), others are granex-type onions (a cross between grano and Bermuda onions.) The grano ones will be rounder, the granex ones will be flatter at the top.
Some Vidalias even start life in another state. To give the onion crop an early start, many Vidalias are actually planted in south Texas to start them, then transplanted to Georgia when the weather outside is warm enough for them there.
To be called a Vidalia onion, the onion must be grown in one of twenty allowable counties in south-east Georgia. The counties in Southeast Georgia are: Appling, Bacon, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen and Wheeler, as well as portions of Dodge, Jenkins, Laurens, Long, Pierce, Screven and Wayne.
But, it would be a mistake to believe that Vidalia onions are descended from Moses's seed. Mose's great discovery was the soil, not a special strain of onion. After then, though the date is not clear -- either the 1940s or the 1950s, yellow Granex onions, which were already sweet by nature, were "imported" from Texas and planted.
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