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North Carolina Onions

North Carolina OnionsBy value, onions rank in the top 10 vegetables produced in the United States. They are believed to be indigenous to Asia and have been cultivated in this country since 1629. Flexibility of the onion in the American diet is the main reason it is used so extensively in the United States.

The principal market outlet for U.S. dry onion production is the fresh market, but the processed market, including frozen, canned, onion rings and dehydrated products, is also important.

Approximately 75 percent of the total annual onion production is marketed through the fresh market.

North Carolina Onion Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Onions

Suitable Cooling Method(s)

Room Cooling

Optimum Temp ºF


Freezing Temp ºF


Normal Storage Life

6-8 months


Nick Augostini, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-7125