Q: When are Walla Walla River Sweet Onions available?

A: Walla Walla River Sweet Onions have a short growing season. The harvest season is from mid-June through August. These are onions that are meant to eat fresh since they have a higher water and sugar content than storage onions (onions that are hot).

Q: What is the best way to store Walla Walla River Sweet Onions so they last?

A: Walla Walla River Sweet Onions have a higher water and sugar content then other sweet onions. This makes them more susceptible to bruising and they need to be handled with care. The key to preserving these sweet onions is to keep them cool, dry and separated.

You might want to try some of these favorite methods of storage:

  1. Place Walla Walla River Sweet Onions in the legs of clean, sheer pantyhose. Tie a knot between each onion and cut above the knot when you want to use one. Hang in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
  2. Place Walla Walla River Sweet Onions in the refrigerator, wrapped separately in paper towels or newspaper. This method is expensive and takes up precious refrigerator space, but can preserve these sweet onions for a longer period of time.
  3. Place Walla Walla River Sweet Onions on elevated racks or screens, not touching and in a cool place.
  4. Walla Walla River Sweet Onions can be chopped and dried in the oven. Use the lowest setting and remove from the oven when thoroughly dry but not brown. Store at room temperatures in airtight containers.
  5. Walla Walla River Sweet Onions can also be frozen. Chop and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, remove and place in freezer containers or bags and seal. This method allows you to remove the amount you want when you want it.
    NOTE: Freezing changes the onion's texture, so frozen onions should be used for cooking only. Whole frozen Walla Walla River Sweet Onions can be baked.
  6. If stored properly in a cool and well ventilated location, Walla Walla River Sweet Onions will stay fresh for 3-6 weeks or they can be frozen for use well into the year.

Q: What is the best way to prepare Walla Walla River Sweet Onions?

A: Walla Walla River Sweet Onions add a distinct sweetness to any dish, but they are delicious all by themselves, baked or raw.

  1. To enjoy a raw Walla Walla, we recommend placing a whole, raw, unpeeled onion in the refrigerator. Chill for approximately one hour before serving, or peel and cut into slices and place Walla Wallas into a bowl of ice water for approx 30 minutes - then drain on paper towels. Either of these methods will help bring out a sweeter flavor when eating raw Walla Wallas.
  2. To bake a Walla Walla River™ Sweet Onion, peel and then cut off the top and bottom of the onion to make it sit flat. Place a pat of butter on the top, then microwave for 7 minutes on high. To prepare in a conventional oven, wrap securely in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender.
  3. To grill a Walla Walla River Sweet Onion, peel and then cut the onion into thick slices (1/2”). Lightly put olive oil on both sides. Place on grill till they are cooked to your liking.

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