Walla Walla onions!
This specialty vegetable crop isn’t quite like the shallots, red onions, or white onions you have in your kitchen. It’s a sweet onion, and one you need in your garden next season. Here’s why:
1. They’re Low in Sugar
Like I mentioned, Walla Walla onions area sweet, but it’s actually not because of their sugar content. It’s because of their sulfur content, which is about half of a regular onion. Less sulfur means less “bite” and, yes, no tears!
2. Also low calories?!
One medium raw Walla Walla onion is only 60 CALORIES. What? You heard it here, folks. They have about 16 grams of carbs, 5 mg of sodium, and are fat-free.
3. They Have Higher Water Content Than Most Onions
Since Walla Walla onions are so low in calories, are you surprised? “Walla Walla” is a Native American word for “many waters,” so this further proves the fact. Because of their higher water content, they will have a shorter shelf life. But if you keep them in a cool ventilated spot, they can be stored for 3 to 6 weeks. But who are we kidding, they won’t last that long anyway. They’re too tasty to keep off the dinner plate!
4. So Many Ways To Prepare Them
Walla Walla onions can be prepared so many ways: roasted, grilled, baked, or sauteéd. You can even eat them raw. Because of their sweet and milk flavor, they perfect for burgers, sandwiches, salads (potato and/or lettuce), salsas, soups, stews, casseroles… we could go on forever. They’re such a versatile veggie!
Hopefully you see the value in Walla Walla onions that I do. They’re definitely on my list as I’m planning my garden for next year!