Early samples of this year’s Supasweet onion crop are said to be the mildest since the product was launched in 2002.
The sweet and mild-flavoured onion, said to be tear-free and suitable for eating raw, scored between 1.36 and 2.2 on a strength scale from one to 10.
Producer Parripak Foods said forecasts for the onion are for a doubling of demand year-on-year. Volumes for the season, which starts this month and lasts until October, are expected to be double those of 2004.
The mildness of the onion also provides added health
benefits, according to farm manager Paul Cripsey. “Because they are suitable to eat raw, the cancer-preventing antioxidant properties of the Supasweet onion are potent, since none of the vitamin C content is destroyed through cooking.”
Supasweet has listings in Waitrose, Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Budgens.