Sweet onions from Peru reach peak quality, size

09/28/2011 09:38:00 AM
Andy Nelson

The size profile out of Peru is slightly smaller this year for Keystone, with colossals down about 10%, Kamer said. Sizing in the Northwest was normal as of late September, with jumbos and colossals accounting for about 80% of all shipments.

The Onion House LLC, Weslaco, Texas, expects to begin shipping a new variety of long-day onion from Colorado by about Oct. 20, said Don Ed Holmes, owner.

While not as sweet as Peruvian and other short-day onions, it’s the first long-day variety that Holmes believes is truly sweet.

“We think we’ve found something that’s a lot better than what we’ve had in the past,” he said.

The Onion House wrapped up its New Mexico sweet onion deal in mid-September.


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