What Makes a Vidalia
All Vidalias are sweet onions, but not all sweet onions are Vidalias. There are several qualifications an onion must meet to be a Vidalia onion.
Has a uniquely flat shape
Grown from a yellow granex seed variety, which is tested for a minimum of three years to ensure it meets proper standards
Produce identification sticker has a PLU code of 4159 in grocery stores
Grown in one of 20 South Georgia counties outlined by the Federal Marketing Order No. 955
Order No. 955
Federal Marketing Order No. 955 was established in 1989 to protect the Vidalia Onion’s brand name and quality.
The order stipulates the specific areas that the crop can be grown and help with research and promotion of Vidalia onions. Thanks to this legislation, Vidalia is a protected and trademarked name.
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