Meet Sunions, America's first tearless sweet onions.

By Meghan Overdeep
December 20, 2017

If you're anything like us—and most home cooks, for that matter—even the thought of cutting onions can bring tears to your eyes. Onions are in almost every recipe, and the hot, burning tears that come with slicing and dicing these pungent bulbs can be enough to make anyone want to throw in the dish towel and order delivery. We get it.

That's why we just about fell out of our chairs this morning when we found out that a team of geniuses had finally produced tearless onions. Read that one again y'all: tearless onions. Sunions, America's first tearless and sweet onion will be available this winter in select markets.


We admit that we were skeptical at first. Are they grown in a high tech lab somewhere, we asked? Could they possibly taste as good as a regular ol' onion from the Pig? To find out, we spoke with the folks who represent the growers behind the life-changing onions, and they assured us that Sunions are just as good as any other onion—better, in fact.

Here's the deal: Sunions are not genetically modified and are grown through an all-natural cross-breeding program that's been in the works for more than three decades. Also, unlike other onions, Sunions become sweeter every day. Volatile compounds in onions are responsible for tearing and pungent flavor and the amounts of those compounds in other onions remain the same or increase over time. In Sunions, these compounds do the exact opposite and decrease to create a tearless, sweet and mild onion.

"This onion is the product of more than 30 years of research and development to produce an onion that actually decreased in pungency during storage," Sunions breeder, Rick Watson, said in a release.

In a trial period last year, Sunions were compared to a leading onion variety by consumers who claim to cry when cutting onions. In the end, Sunions were preferred five to one and rated significantly less irritating to the eyes compared to the other onion.

And the good news keeps coming! Sunions, which are currently grown only in Idaho,Nevada and Washington, are available in select stores nationwide from now through March or April, depending on supply.

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