Available on markets in the Ile d’Oléron.
The Saint-Trojan onion is a sweet onion (that is not overpowering), has a pink hue, and has shape similar to that of a spinning top. It owes its success to its flavour, whether prepared raw or cooked.
Traditionally grown in the sandy soils of the Ile d’Oléron (hence its other name: Ros‚ des Sables), it almost disappeared. This heritage was reborn ten years ago thanks to an association backed by local market gardeners.
Rich in fibre, mineral salts and vitamins, with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, onions are a recommendable foodstuff!
This vigorous onion is planted from December to February, directly in the soil (they will need to be thinned out) or in small rootballs to be planted. The newest onions will be harvested as of the end of June, while the others will be left until they reach complete maturity between 14th July and 15th August when the stems have dried. A brief spell of drying the bulb in the field will make it suitable for storing.