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We Tested The New ‘Tearless’ Onions To See If They Really Work


A brand new meals is in the marketplace that may really lower the period of time you spend crying in 2018, so we needed to attempt it for ourselves.

Sunions are “the primary tearless and candy onion grown within the U.S.,” in line with a press launch asserting their impending arrival in choose markets.

Cooks have lengthy struggled with burning eyes from chopping onions, inspiring many bizarre attempts to make these tears subside. The issue is so pervasive that the query “how are you going to lower an onion with out crying?” produces greater than 1.1 million Google search outcomes, and associated how-to movies presently complete greater than 6 million views on YouTube.

The reason you cry whenever you slice an onion is as a result of it incorporates unstable compounds that waft up from the onion and react with the pure water in your eyes to kind sulfuric acid, which makes your eyes produce tears to scale back the irritant.

Bayer, the corporate that developed Sunions, says that in contrast to typical onions ― whose unstable compounds enhance whereas they’re in storage ― Sunions’ risky compounds lower over time, in order that they lose that tear-triggering impact. Sunions’ testing labs certify that their onions are tearless earlier than releasing them to the market.

Not solely do Sunions supposedly trigger fewer tears over time, however Bayer additionally says they develop into sweeter, delivering a “nice crunch and persistently scrumptious taste” that makes them tasty even when eaten uncooked. (We take a look at this declare within the video beneath.)

But when Sunions’ unstable compounds lower over time, does the flavour weaken, too?

“Sunions preserve that onion taste over time,” Lyndon Johnson, the crop gross sales supervisor at Bayer, informed HuffPost. “It’s simply that aftertaste that actually disappears. The flavour expertise needs to be one which has an onion taste however it doesn’t go away that aftertaste on the again of your palate.”

Bayer says Sunions aren’t genetically modified, however had been developed via an all-pure crossbreeding program that’s taken practically 30 years to excellent.

Within the Eighties, breeders in Nevada and Washington state started utilizing fuel chromatography to determine which forms of onions contained the fewest unstable compounds, and people onions have been crossbred naturally to isolate these qualities on a constant foundation.

“It’s crucial that these usually are not genetically modified,” Johnson stated. “We began by planting a supply out within the area, and if it produced fascinating qualities, which on this case was low pungency, we chosen the bulbs that lowered in pungency over time in storage … And that’s the way it generated, by conventional choice methodology.”

Sunion has accomplished loads of its personal testing to substantiate its product is tearless, however we needed to see for ourselves. We discovered three HuffPost editors who sometimes have a troublesome time chopping onions with out waterworks, and requested every to cut a Sunion. All three succeeded, with out a single tear.

Maintain a watch out for Sunions within the coming weeks.

This text initially appeared on HuffPost.

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