We’ve all been guilty of shedding a few tears making dinner – sometimes it’s because we know the kids won’t eat a thing, and other times it’s from chopping onions. Now Woolies is promising to solve one of those problems.
No, Woolworths can’t make your kids eat their dinner, but they are launching tearless onions, which are less likely to make you cry while you’re cutting them. First world problems, yes, but we’re taking this one as a small victory!
They’re called Happy Chop – Tearless Onions, available exclusively at Woolies stores in NSW, Victoria and the ACT from Wednesday this week until September, while stocks last.
How do tearless onions stop us from crying?
So, to understand how Happy Chop are less likely to give you a teary during dinner prep, you need to understand why onions make us cry in the first place.
Onions release a combination of natural chemicals and enzymes as a natural self-defence mechanism, and these ‘volatile compounds’ can cause tears and irritation when we cut into an onion.
However, these new Happy Chop – Tearless Onions have less of these compounds, they continue to reduce after the onions are harvested. In regular onions, the compounds actually increase over time.
According to Woolies the new tearless onions have been developed over decades using natural methods like cross-breeding existing onion varieties.
“I’ve heard all sorts of stories about how people avoid tears when cutting onions – whether that’s wearing glasses, freezing onions or wearing a mask,” Woolworths Supermarkets’ General Manager Fruit & Veg, Paul Turner said.
“These Happy Chop – Tearless Onions stand out as a unique innovation in Australian produce. Onions are a household staple and this is a great option for many people who end up in tears when preparing onions. It’s another way we continue to deliver on our promise to bring the best fresh fruit and veg to our customers.”
So, do they still taste the same? Apparently they’re slightly sweeter than regular brown onions, and can be eaten raw or cooked. They’re 100% Aussie grown, come in 500g packs for $2.50 each.
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