Onions vary in color, size, the time of year harvested, and flavor. These differences make onions very versatile.
Bulb onions can be yellow, red, or white. Approximately 87 percent of the crop is devoted to yellow onion production, with about eight percent red onions, and five percent white onions.
Yellow Onions are full-flavored and are a reliable standby for cooking almost anything. Yellow onions turn a rich, dark brown when cooked and give French Onion Soup its tangy sweet flavor.
Red Onions, with their wonderful color, are a good choice for lots of fresh uses or for grilling, charbroiling, and roasting.
White Onions are often used in prepared salads, white sauces, and is the traditional onion for classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden color and sweet flavor when sautéed.
This chart was created to serve as a guide for helping you choose what kind of onion to use in a recipe. Feel free to let your own tastes, preferences, and creativity along with this chart guide you to your own decision. The most important thing to remember is "bring on the onions" and enjoy!
Note: Crop size in the chart below is approximate. Remember, flavor and usage info are general guidelines for each color and type.
Onions range in size from less than one-inch in diameter to more than 4.5-inches in diameter. The most common sizes sold in the U.S. for retail are between 2 to 3-3/4 inches in diameter.
Yes. Onions are seasonal! Based on when they are harvested, onions grown in the U.S. can be divided into two categories.
Spring/Summer Onion Traits
Fall/Winter Onion Traits
Bright flavors of citrus and onion pair up with avocado for a great salad.