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The Slice

Sweet onions used to be a real treat

Now? I don't know. It seems like onions labeled as "sweet" are available pretty much all year. Only none of them are quite as mind-blowing as the truly amazing ones from 20 or 30 years ago.

Remember? There were, of course, the Walla Walla onions. Man, they were great. There were also some terrific ones from Vidalia, Georgia. And that was about it.

It was a big deal when they showed up in stores. And shoppers grabbed them.

Then we started seeing sweet onions from California's Imperial Valley, from South America and any number of other places. The thing is, as the supply became more plentiful the specialness seemed to fade.

Now maybe I just lost my taste for them. That's entirely possible.

Or maybe using sweet onions 12 months a year made it difficult to cherish them in the way I did back when they were rare and seasonal.

In any case, the romance waned. At least it did for me.

And in the end, there were no tears. Just a sigh and a shrug. 

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