Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I'm So Happy I Could Cry
I love onions. I love green onions. I love red onions. I just love onions. Everything tastes better with onions. (I'm also a fan of mouthwash and mint gum.) That being said, I think I live in heaven on earth. The home of the most famous onion of all - the Walla Walla Sweet Onion, the most delicious onion on earth and in heaven! I also love Peter Pieri. He was the French soldier who found a sweet onion seed off the coast of Italy over a century ago and brought it back here . . . to my home. (Why he came to Walla Walla 100+ years ago, I don't know. Maybe some sweet love story motivated him. That would be so romantic and make such a good story. And then we might be famous for romance as well as onions. Like Juliet's wall, although that isn't famous for onions, just sweet romance.) But, for whatever reason, he came and he planted. And with sweet onion seed firmly in the Walla Walla soil, the rest, as they say, is history.
When we first moved to Walla Walla, my husband made each of us take a bite of a Walla Walla sweet onion, like an apple. We live here, he said. We need to experience it. Gross, I thought, but I was wrong. It was sweet and juicy and delicious and I've been a fan ever since.
If you are ever in Walla Walla in July (and, in case you were wondering, we actually ARE a destination place), visit our Sweet Onion Festival. Yes, we have a festival devoted to the sweet onion. Or if you'd just like to experience the Walla Walla sweet onion for yourself, you can order them at sweetonions.org. And they're not paying me to say this.
I just really love onions.