It took more than 20 years for Alastair Findlay to develop an onion that doesn’t cause tears or bad breath. But he finally did it.
Findlay, a British farmer affiliated with the agricultural co-operative Bedfordshire Growers, says he tasted 400 to 500 bulbs per season to develop the onion. Asda, a UK supermarket chain, just introduced Findlay’s creation, called the Asda Sweet Red. Asda’s website says the onion was selectively bred to have “lower pungency levels” than regular onions.
“We’re incredibly proud to have worked and supported Alastair on his journey,” said Asda vegetable buyer Andy Wareham. “Introducing the UK’s very first sweet red onion is a fantastic achievement and like the USA, the UK has a sweeter palate than most so will appreciate the same tangy flavour, without the strong acidity of some onions.”
Alastair Findlay’s work isn’t finished, however. He wants to create a better and improved version of the Sweet Red for launch next year.
You can read more about Findlay and his creation in this article.