Unique Conditions

Cultivated for more than 80 years by growers, the Vidalia Onion is considered America’s favorite sweet onion.

Its distinctive taste is derived from the combination of weather, water and soil uniquely found within 20 South Georgia counties.

Chef Kevin Gillespie

Seasonality

Hand planted, harvested and cured each season, the sweet, juicy bulbs are available within a limited window from April to August.

Distinctive Taste

Impeccable in quality, the Vidalia Onion is sweet and crisp with a distinctive flavor all its own that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.

Culinary Experience

Considered a favorite sweet onion by chefs and home cooks, the Vidalia onion is known for its sweetness and versatility. From soups to salads to even desserts, Vidalia onions compliments any dish.

Fun Facts

VIDALIA ONIONS

State Recognition

In 1990, Vidalia onions were named the Official State Vegetable of Georgia.

Pack Date

Each year, the pack date is set by the Georgia Ag Commissioner. No onion sold before the pack date can be called a “Vidalia.”

Shipment

Approximately 200 million pounds of Vidalia onions are distributed across the country and Canada each year.

The History

of Vidalia Onions

1940s

The state built a farmers’ market central to Macon, Augusta and Savannah. Word of “those sweet onions from Vidalia” began to spread throughout the state, and a name was born as recognition grew.

1976 and 1977

As their onion began its ascent to national fame, local support soared. The annual Vidalia onion festival was established in Glennville, Georgia, by 1977 and in Vidalia, Georgia, by 1978.

2018

No longer just a “southern thing,” Vidalias are now sold in 50 states and most of Canada.

1930s

During the Great Depression, farmers had high hopes of onions being new cash crop. Imagine their surprise when what grew was not an instant money-maker but a strange new, sweet tasting onion.

1960s

Piggly Wiggly grocery store, headquartered in Vidalia, saw the potential of the produce and helped farmers from all over the Vidalia area get their newfound onions on store shelves.

1986

The Vidalia Onion Act of 1986 was passed by the Georgia state legislature, trademarking the name “Vidalia onions” and defining the growing region.

1930s

During the Great Depression, farmers had high hopes of onions being new cash crop. Imagine their surprise when what grew was not an instant money-maker but a strange new, sweet tasting onion.

1940s

The state built a farmers’ market central to Macon, Augusta and Savannah. Word of “those sweet onions from Vidalia” began to spread throughout the state, and a name was born as recognition grew.

1960s

Piggly Wiggly grocery store, headquartered in Vidalia, saw the potential of the produce and helped farmers from all over the Vidalia area get their newfound onions on store shelves.

1976 and 1977

As their onion began its ascent to national fame, local support soared. The annual Vidalia onion festival was established in Glennville, Georgia, by 1977 and in Vidalia, Georgia, by 1978.

1986

The Vidalia Onion Act of 1986 was passed by the Georgia state legislature, trademarking the name “Vidalia onions” and defining the growing region.

2018

No longer just a “southern thing,” Vidalias are now sold in 50 states and most of Canada.

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