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Candy onions are large to jumbo in size, averaging fifteen centimeters in diameter, and are globular to slightly flattened in shape. The bulb is encased in thin, papery, light brown to yellow layers and the flesh is white, firm, and juicy with signature large rings. The tops of the bulb are dark green and can grow over a half a meter in height. Candy onions are crisp with a slightly sweet flavor when raw, and when cooked, they become tender with a mild, pleasant flavor.
Candy onions are available year-round.
Candy onions, botanically classified as Allium cepa, are a large, hybrid variety that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family. Created for their jumbo size, sweet flavor, and versatility in recipes, Candy onions are known as a day-neutral variety meaning they can be grown in almost any region, regardless of daylight hours.
Candy onions contain manganese, folate, fiber, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C.
Candy onions are best suited for both raw and cooked applications such as boiling, grilling, and frying. When raw, they can be sliced and layered in sandwiches or chopped and mixed into salsas such as pico de gallo. When cooked, the onions can be chopped and baked into casseroles, sautéed with green beans, roasted alongside meats, sliced into stir-fries, grilled and placed on burgers, or separated into rings and fried. Candy onions pair well with mushrooms, celery, asparagus, green beans, garlic, poultry, beef, pork, bacon, roasted nuts, avocado, apple, mango, citrus, and chiles. The large bulbs will keep for a few weeks when stored in a cool place like the refrigerator.
Candy onions are a day-neutral or mid-day variety, which is a new classification of onions that can grow in almost any type of climate except for extreme north and deep south regions. The size of an onion is often determined by the amount of daylight it receives, and more varieties like the Candy onion are being created to provide adaptability and the ability to be grown around the world. This variety is also favored by home gardeners for its ease of growth and mild, sweet flavor.
The exact origins of the Candy onion are unknown, but the variety was created to be grown in multiple climates and is one of the few varieties that can be grown year-round. Today Candy onions are available at farmers markets and in home gardens in the United States.
Recipes that include Candy Onions. One is easiest, three is harder.
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