Tear-Free Onions Are Coming to Save Your Winter Cooking

Dec 21, 2017 at 10:13 a.m. ET
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During the winter months, I pretty much live on soups and stews during the week. I rarely have time to cook an entire meal after work, so making a big batch of soup on Sunday is my favorite way to meal prep. One of my favorite go-tos? French onion soup. It's so easy and so delicious, and it reheats so well. The only part I dread is chopping onions for 20 minutes. I've tried everything to combat the seemingly impossible-to-avoid tears that accompany my favorite root vegetable — chewing gum, breathing through your mouth, wearing ski goggles (yes, really). Sure, some of these methods work, but wouldn't it be great if someone could just invent onions that don't make you cry?

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Well, Sunions has done exactly that. A Sunonion looks and tastes every bit like a regular onion, except they don't cause you to produce any tears when chopped. How exactly is this achieved? According to a press release from Golden Sun Marketing, "It all comes down to the levels of volatile compounds responsible for pungency and tearing in onions. The levels of those compounds in other onions remain stable or increase during storage. In Sunions, these compounds do the exact opposite and decrease in prevalence to create a milder, sweeter and tearless onion over time. This natural process also promotes a strong level of consistency from bulb to bulb."

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The development of Sunions actually began 30 years ago, and the final product first premiered back in October at Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit in New Orleans. Sunions have begun their first season of retail availability, and we don't know when exactly they will be available in grocery stores, but all signs point to sometime pretty soon. So you best believe I'll be scanning the produce aisle for them during all future shopping trips.