Mar 20, 2023Official pack date for Vidalia onions set for April 17
The start of Vidalia onion season is almost here, with the official pack date announced by the Georgia agriculture commissioner and Vidalia Onion Committee.
Vidalia onion fans across the country can mark their calendars for April 17, when the sweet onions are set to ship to grocery stores across the country.
“It’s an exciting time for farmers and producers in our state and for consumers across the country as we look forward to enjoying the sweet onion once again,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper said in a news release. “The Vidalia onion has become a sought-after ingredient by professional chefs and home cooks alike, and we’re proud to grow them right here in Georgia.”
Vidalia onions are available for a limited time each year, between April through early September. As America’s favorite sweet onion, many look forward to this time of year. The pack date is determined by soil and weather conditions during the growing season, which contributes to high-quality Vidalia onions. The Vidalia Onion Advisory Panel voted April 17 as the 2023 pack date.
“For the 2023 season, we have 10,000 acres of Vidalia onions planted in the production area,” said committee chairman Cliff Riner said in the release. “Over the past few years, sweet onion sales have continued to increase, with Vidalia onions being a big part of the market. We’re looking forward to another great season this year.”
For more than 80 years, Vidalia onions have been hand-planted, harvested and cured by growers. The Vidalia Onion Act of 1986 established their growing region in South Georgia and trademarked the “Vidalia onion” name. Vidalia onions are grown from a distinctive Granex seed, then packed and sold on or after the official pack date annually.
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