Georgia Museum Dishes the History of Vidalia Onions

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By: Russ Bynum, Associated Press
VIDALIA (AP).- They’ve started fistfights and court battles, been romanticized in country songs and counterfeited by bootleggers. Their trademark sweetness has made them a coveted ingredient in recipes from salads and relishes to cookies and muffins. If a museum dedicated to onions sounds rooted in folly, the history behind the famous Vidalia onion can likely hold its own with other veggie shrines such as the Idaho Potato Museum, the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum in Minnesota and the tiny Carrot Museum tucked in a Rhode Island bed-and-breakfast. The freshly opened Vidalia Onion Museum digs fairly deep to dish the good, the bad and the yummy on Georgia’s official state vegetable — including the unearthed origin of Vidalias’ reputation for being so sweet they can be