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Old 11-16-2006, 10:25 AM   #1
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Differences among onions

What's the difference between yellow, white and red onions besides the color? When do you use on versus the other?

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Old 11-16-2006, 10:36 AM   #2
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Yellow onions are stronger, more punguent. Use them in cooking and for carmelizing.

Red and white ones tend to be sweeter and good for raw use. (Not always, however. I was at a conference this week, and they used red onions on our salads--the entire dining room smelled like onions, and they were hot and unpleasant.)
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:39 AM   #3
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What's the difference between yellow, white and red onions besides the color? When do you use on versus the other?

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Kurt,
Certain times of the year, onions are sweeter and not so hot. So I tend to go with them that way, but I do use them like this, If making a Mexican recipe, I use a white onion, for most other I use the yellow, the red I like in early spring and summer for salads and also in a tomato based dish that the red color of the onion blends together with. All this is just my way of cooking with them. You will find your favorite and tend to go with it in most things. Hope this helps you a little.
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:40 AM   #4
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I think it all depends on the type of onion as well. Most yellow onions I get are much sweeter than white onions. I find the white ones to be the most pungent.
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:53 AM   #5
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Seem GB and Sparrowgrass are opposite one another regarding the taste of onions, but that's ok with me. It sounds like for general onion use as an ingrediant in a larger dish, say a roast or chicken, then go with the yellow. Maybe use a white in dishes that aren't cooked, or where the onion flavor needs to be subtle, and red when color is more of an issue. Yes, no?
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I think those rules of thumb are not a bad guideline, but it really does depend on the actual onion itself a lot of the time. I have had yellow onions that are so sweet you would think they were dipped in sugar (think Vidallia onions) and others that are hot enough to make you run for a glass of water. Your best bet is to taste them and get to know the different type your market carries.

Of course you can't just bite into an onion at the market to see what it is like so your above rules will help you make an educated guess.
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Thanks for the guidance.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:07 PM   #8
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Regular yellow onions are strong flavored. Sweet yellows, such as Vidalias, are milder and sweeter. I believe white onions are stronger flavored than regular yellows. Reds are a standard for salads. I like their taste in a salad.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:11 PM   #9
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I use yellow for most things.

I use red for color and eating raw. I love red in salsa for example.

I very rarely use white, but the two times I can think of when I use them is diced and raw on top of both hot dogs and chili.
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I also use yellow onions most of the time. But there's nothing like a baked Vidalia onion. And, as for Vidalias, the flatter they are, the sweeter they are. I learned this from the Vidalia Onion Council.

One of my favorite ways to prepare them is to plan on one smallish to medium onion per person. Peel the onions, on one side make a small "well" by removing some of the onion with a melon baller. Place the onions, well side up, in a baking dish. Add water to about 1/4 inch deep to the dish. Put a beef bouillon cube in each onion's well and a pat of butter, not margarine. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Pure heaven will await. These are super served with roast beef or roast pork.
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