An onion that won't make you cry

If you're fed up with crying every time you have to chop onions, you're in luck.

The "sunion", an onion that has been in development for 30 years, will soon reach the shelves and promises to put an end to the tears.

This sweeter, crunchier and smaller version of the classic onion, the "sunion", is the result of natural crossing, which means that there was no genetic modification. Rather, the new onion simply lacks the volatile compounds responsible for making you cry.

In classic onions, these compounds, which form sulfuric acid when they come in contact with eye moisture, remain stable or increase during storage. But with "sunions", the levels decrease over time, resulting in a variety that becomes sweeter and softer, with no tears.

Tear-free onions will be available in the United States in March 2018, since they are currently only grown in Nevada and Washington.

However, Bayer, the company that is behind the new and improved onion, has plans to introduce this onion in Europe in the short term.


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