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Mystery around Western Australian onions finally solved

There is a mystery which has plagued Australians for years: it is all about onions from Western Australia. 

For years, Coles shoppers have sporadically taken to social media to question why the alliums of WA are sold skinless. 

“Are we getting lazier or what #Australia?!” one outraged man wrote on Twitter.

“Found these peeled onions for sale. Enough to make you cry.”

“I don’t recall seeing them peeled like this in SA when I lived there either,” commented a third.

Turns out that, for once, it’s not because – as the aforementioned 2014 tweet maligned – Australians are getting lazier, but because West Australian onions are simply … uglier than their east coast counterparts reports

Coles spokeswoman offered up the answers Australians have been searching for: “Due to local growing conditions, onion skin quality differs from those grown in the eastern states,” she explained.

“So in WA, Coles sells red and white onions without the skin in a range that is unique to that state. In Western Australia, unpeeled onions just aren’t as popular.

The reason you won’t find the “skinless” onions in Australia’s other states and territories is because “the majority of the fresh produce sold in our WA stores is sourced locally from Western Australian farmers”.

“We’ve been offering these ‘skinless’ red and white onions for more than 20 years, and they are extremely popular with our customers.”


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