You know when you see a delicious meal you want to make, but on the ingredient list is chopped onion, so you scrap it and move on? It’s like you’re trying to cook a nice dinner for you and bae, but by the time they come over your eyes are red and puffy AF from crying while dicing. Thankfully we are now living in the future, which features the Sunion. It’s a sweet onion that won’t make you cry while slicing it.
The Sunion is a new crossbreed onion that developed naturally. It began in the 1980s through a breeding program, but it’s not considered a genetically modified food (GMO). The biggest difference between a regular onion and a Sunion is that a Sunion lacks lachrymatory-factor synthase. This compound actually forms sulfuric acid when it contacts your eyes, i.e., it burns real bad.
Now we know you’re probably thinking that there is no way the Sunion will taste like a real onion, and you’re right. Sort of. According to Lyndon Johnson, crop sales manager at Bayer, the company that developed the Sunion. “It’s just that aftertaste that really disappears.” Also, the Washington Post reported that, “They’re sweet enough to eat like popcorn.”
Sunions aren’t available in stores yet, but farmers are working hard to get them to supermarkets. Hopefully the onion that won’t make you cry will be in a grocery store near you this March!