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Tearless ‘Sunion’ Onions Now Being Sold in the UK

Photo: Sunions

‘Sunions’, the onions that are triple-tested to ensure they won’t make you cry, have been available in the US now at select retailers like Costco, Aldi, and Kroger. Now, the ground-breaking innovation has jumped the Atlantic and made its way to the United Kingdom, as it’s now being sold at Waitrose stores throughout the country.

The science behind how Sunions remain tearless is explained via their site:

“Sunions are not a genetically modified product and were grown through an all-natural cross-breeding program. Unlike all other onions, Sunions become sweeter every day. Volatile compounds in onions are responsible for tearing and pungent flavor and the amounts of those compounds in other onions remain the same or increase over time. In Sunions, these compounds do the exact opposite and decrease to create a tearless, sweet and mild onion.”

Sunions will be available in three-packs at all Waitrose locations in the United Kingdom starting January 18 for £1.50 GBP, or approximately $2 USD.

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Farmers Create Tearless Onions, Could Change The Way We Cook Forever

From biting wooden spoons, to shielding their eyes with goggles, people have always looked for ways to cut an onion and avoid the tears from streaming down their cheeks.

Meet the Sunion, the onion that claims to be the first to keep you from shedding a single tear.

When you hear of something as bizarre as a tearless onion, your first thought is probably, “GMO, GMO, GMO,” but Sunions claim they are not genetically modified, but rather a natural cross-bred method that was three decades in the making.

“This onion is the product of more than 30 years of research and development to grow an onion that actually decreased in pungency during storage,” Sunions breeder Rick Watson said in a press release.

The reason onions make us cry, is because the smell is a bit of a defense system. In dramatic terms, they make us cry, to try and keep us from eating them.

With help from farmers at L&L AG Production, Hartley Produce, and Perry & Sons Farms, Sunion says they found a way to decrease those tear-inducing compounds, so you can chop straight through them without fear of an onion’s pungent aroma hitting your nostrils.

The Sunions are currently grown in Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, and are already available in select grocery stores, although they have not released an official grocer list yet.

These sound too good to be true, but if they actually work, they might just change the whole cooking game, one less tear at a time.