My apologies for this tumblr’s absence the last few days. I know you were all waiting to read about an obscure museum to cherish and love. A much needed rest was in order to get my brain cells working again so I could form words to make sentences that will be used for this next post. So here goes.
If you have an aversion to anything with onions, then we have something in common. Actually, I take that back. It depends on my mood and the onion’s pairing, like pizza…no thanks. But I can handle onions in a bowl of chili or fried in batter. That last one is true for most food. Anyway, good news for any onion fans out there, specifically vidalia onions, Georgia’s state vegetable. In Vidalia (of course!) you will find the Vidalia Onion Museum, located on Sweet Onion Drive (double of course!).
Opened this past April, the museum’s videos and exhibits tell the story of how a mild winter climate, low sulfur soil and creative farming led to the birth of the sweet onion in the 1930s. It was the country’s first “celebrity” onion, mild and sweet instead of the typical hot and spicy kind that puts your tear glands in high gear. A hand-painted 3D mural shows exactly what makes America’s favorite sweet onion so sweet. Also, with a nearly $200 million-a-year industry, you can kind of understand why Georgians think this onion is such a big deal and deserving of its own museum. Sad to learn I just missed this year’s Miss Vidalia Onion Pageant. I know I’m old, but some people think I’m like 22. Next year, maybe?