Summer Onions – Storage Tips and Summer Recipes!

May 23, 2023

Summer Onions – Storage Tips and Summer Recipes!

Did you know that onions come in both Summer and Winter (storage) varieties?

Summer onions differ from winter onions in their growing season and storage life. Depending on the region, direct-seed summer onions are often planted in the early fall and winter. Transplant summer onions are started in greenhouses and then planted into the ground in early spring. Summer onions are then harvested continuously during the summer months as they reach maturity. Compared to winter (storage) onions, summer onions have thinner skin, a milder taste, and higher water content, which requires different storage methods.


How to Keep Your Summer Onions Fresh:

Summer onions should be stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area like a pantry or root cellar at a temperature of 32°F to 40°F (0°C to 4°C) with low humidity between 65-70%. Mesh bags or baskets are ideal for storage to allow air circulation and prevent moisture buildup. It is recommended to consume summer onions within a few weeks of harvesting.


How to Use Summer Onions:

Onions are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide variety of dishes! Below are some of our favorite ideas for using summer onions:

  1. Grilled onions: Slice onions into thick rounds and grill until tender and lightly charred. Serve as a side dish or as a topping for burgers or sandwiches.
  2. Onion dip: Mix caramelized onions with sour cream, mayonnaise, and seasonings for a classic onion dip that's perfect for summer picnics and parties.
  3. Pickled onions: Slice onions and pickle them in a mixture of vinegar, water, sugar, and seasonings. Serve them as a condiment for sandwiches, tacos, and burgers, or use them as a topping for salads.


With their mild flavor and versatility, summer onions are a fantastic ingredient to include in any meal!


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