This gentler breed -- which will be available in Schnucks grocery stores -- is being introduced by the giant company Monsanto, which up until now has been known (in foodie circles, infamously known) for its weed killer and genetically engineered crops. (The company is featured prominently in the Oscar nominated documentary, 'Food, Inc.')
"The EverMild was grown and selected to have a mild and sweet flavor," Danielle Stuart, a spokesperson for Monsanto's vegetable-seed business, told Slashfood. "They are very versatile, you can use them raw in a salads, or roast or grill them. They're grown domestically in the Pacific Northwest so they will be available in the winter months." Typically, sweet onions, such as Vidalia, are hard to find during that time of year.
To be clear, the breed isn't genetically modified; she cheerfully explained it was "developed using good old fashioned traditional plant breeding techniques." Kind of ironic.