If you know and love the Vidalia onion—an onion sweet enough, its fans say, to eat like an apple—you likely also know it as a product of Georgia, as proudly claimed as the peach. But the story of the Vidalia’s popularity is far more complex than just one of a local onion made good. In this episode of Gravy: an onion’s success story, born of clever marketing, government wrangling, technological innovation and global trade.
This episode was co-produced with Gravy’s intern, Tyler Pratt.
Here is Tore Olsson’s paper on the Vidalia Onion: “Peeling Back the Layers: Vidalia Onions and the Making of a Global Agribusiness.” To learn more about Tore Olsson, go here.
You can check out Bland Farms here.
There is a Vidalia Onion Museum in Vidalia, Georgia, which you can learn more about here.