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Walla Walla Sweets

Fall 2010

Video: Grilling Walla Walla Sweet Onions



Walla Walla Sweet onions
Olive oil
A grill

Peel and slice the onions very thick, about an inch.

Heat the grill. Put the Walla Walla Sweets on the grill when it’s ready. Brush with olive oil as necessary.

When the onions are softened slightly and warm, remove them from the grill and enjoy.

Don’t overcook the Walla Walla Sweets. They only need a little grilling to make them even sweeter.


Tim Steury grills up some Walla Walla Sweets, while describing why these onions are special and how they were brought to Walla Walla. 2 minutes, 53 seconds.

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Fall 2010

Walla Walla Sweets

When retired French soldier Pete Pieri settled in Walla Walla around the turn of the 20th century, he planted onion seed he had brought from Corsica. His new neighbors, Italian gardeners who had settled there earlier, admired the ability of the onion to winter over in the ground, which gave it a good size for an early summer harvest. The bonus, notes Walla Walla horticultural historian Joe Locati, was its mild flavor. The Italians called it the “French onion” (though it was actually Italian), and by 1910, it was about the only summer onion grown in the area.

In late May this year, Paul Castoldi … » More …