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What are the most popular onion varieties?

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The two most popular types of onions in America are yellow onions and red onions. Sweet onions, such as Vidalia, and white onions are also common choices.

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According to the National Onion Association, over 85 percent of the total U.S. onion production is yellow onions. Yellow onions range in size from small, golf-ball size to larger ones that are about the size of a softball. This is a versatile onion that often has thick layers and becomes sweeter the longer it is cooked.

Red onions are typically stronger than yellow onions and make up roughly 8 percent of the total U.S. onion production. This type features a bright color and is served raw in salsas and sandwiches.

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