Sunions: Onions That Don't Make You Cry Are Here!

   |  Updated: February 12, 2018 18:38 IST

Sunions: Onions That Don't Make You Cry Are Here!
  • Everyone who cooks dreads chopping onions.
  • Onions are indispensable to a number of cuisines around the world.
  • Sunions are onions which don't have the pungency compounds.
If you're someone who cooks every day or even occasionally, you must have felt a certain degree of reluctance when it comes to dicing or chopping onions. Here's a vegetable that is indispensable for a majority of Indian dishes, but which makes you cry your eyes out, every time you have to chop it. Onions are a regular feature in almost all the cuisines from the world. Whether you like them sautéed, caramelized, pureed or fried, onions are a necessity for every kitchen. But it's so hard to chop them without tearing up!

However, your onion troubles will soon be a thing of the past. A new variety of onion, which is also sweeter, crunchier, smaller than the typical onion, has finally come out. This new type of onion, which has been made without any genetic modification, lacks the pungent compound that is responsible for irritating your eyes and making you cry. These are the world's first 'tearless' onions and have been named 'sunions'. The sunions are products of over three decades of research and development and have been made by initiating natural onion cross-breeding. (Also Read: How to Cut Onions Without Tearing Up: 7 Expert Tips)

In regular onions, the compounds responsible for pungency, either remain stable, or increase over time. These are the same compounds which make sulphuric acid when they come into contact with the water in your eyes. However, in the case of the 'sunions', the level of these compounds actually decreases with time. Moreover, since the process of making these vegetables was natural, there won't be any anomalies or inconsistencies, when it comes to the amount of compounds in different onion bulbs.


Currently, these onions are only being grown in the states Washington and Nevada in the United States of America. The vegetable is expected to be available in the rest of the American states from March 2018. Let's hope they come to Indian soon!

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