There is no movie scene that reveals the plight of women and cooks better than one in the 2009 film Julie & Julia, in which Julia Child, played by Meryl Streep, sets to dicing cases of onions after being bullied her first day at the Paris cooking school Le Cordon Bleu.
When her husband Paul Child, played by Stanley Tucci, arrives home from his job at the U.S. embassy, the kitchen is so overtaken by the onion's acrid fumes he can't even enter.
A decade after the film was released and 69 years after Child first stepped into cooking school, Bayer Crop Science, part of the massive German conglomerate that recently absorbed U.S. agricultural giant Monsanto, has released
Grown in Nevada and Washington, they were first released in October 2017 and became available at Miami Publix supermarkets earlier this month.
"The breeder hand-picked onion bulbs that were consistently less pungent to develop less variability in flavor. Volatile compounds in onions are responsible for tearing, and the amounts of those compounds in other onions increase over time. In
But cooks and chefs have known for decades how to mitigate the stinging effect of cutting onions.
"Notice my eyes aren't tearing up," Dani Marin, sous-chef at the Bazaar by José Andrés, says on a recent Sunday afternoon while dicing onions and shallots during
That means a corporate titan with vast resources spent two decades developing a product whose results could have been achieved by home cooks spending a mere ten to 15 minutes sharpening their knives. While there are also gimmicky anti-tearing tricks such as keeping a piece of bread in your mouth while chopping onions, the other viable solution is to chill your alliums in ice water or the refrigerator before making the first cut.
And what price do we pay for such convenience? According to the Washington Post, it's
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Onions release the sulfuric chemical irritant syn-
That's not to say Sunions' breeders chose to simply forgo flavor in favor of a tearless allium.
"To ensure the delivery of the