How sweet it is: SC-grown sweet onions available

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Sweet onions are now in season in South Carolina.

The state Agricultural Department says the crop was introduced in the state last year, and farmers grew just 60 acres statewide. But this year, Palmetto State farmers planted more than 130 acres in Bamberg, Calhoun, Lexington and Orangeburg counties.

Experts say the golden brown onions are perfect for cooking, baking or as a garnish. Planted in the fall, sweet onions are harvested mid-April to June.

Customers interested in purchasing locally grown sweet onions can look for the Certified SC Grown logo.

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