New onion variety claims: ‘No tears, no bad breath’

Japanese breeders have spent two decades developing Goldies onions. Now, the variety is presented as a product that will guarantee ‘no tears, no bad breath’. They will be available from Hy-Vee.

Eric Woolson, who helped bring the onions to Iowa: “Hy-Vee is really the first store in the country to introduce Goldies to its customers.”

It really is a tearless onion,” Hy-Vee produce manager Dillon Maple said. “I cut some up. (They are) very mild, great for cooking (and) great for raw use.”

Woolson added that the onion is not compromised. Rather than using genetic modification, Goldies are made with a new form of plant breeding that prevents the chemical reaction that causes tears when they are cut.

“I think when they try it for themselves, they’re gonna find out it’s a really unique onion,” Woolson said. “And it’s one that they’re gonna want to have around for a long time.”


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