Photos: Bermuda Onion Day Held In St David’s

May 23, 2015

Bermuda Onion Day was celebrated today [May 23] at Carter House in St. David’s, featuring historic displays and, of course, Bermuda onions.

The event featured onion delicacies including onion and kale soup, onion quiche, sandwiches and more. Other items available for purchase included sherry pepper sauce, calendars, curried fish, and pulled pork sandwiches. Chef Joe Gibbons was involved in the food preparation, while Larry Mills offered historical talks.


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Introduced to the island in the early 1600s, the sweet and succulent Bermuda onion was first exported to the east coast from St. George’s in 1847.

Onions quickly became Bermuda’s major export crop, with hundreds of farmers realising the market potential. By the middle of the 19th century, Bermudians became known as “Onions” and Bermuda itself was widely referred to as “The Onion Patch.”

Following World War I, although the onion export from Bermuda started again, the U.S. imposed higher import duties, slowing it down considerably. More over, by that time a farming community in Texas began developing their own similar onions, even calling them Bermuda Onions in order to sell and export them more easily.

In the 1930s, the Bermuda Trade Development Board tried to curb that trend by sending postcards to their overseas buyers that stated, “It is the flavour of a genuine ‘Bermuda’ that is so different.”

But the campaign was an exercise in futility and the era of Bermuda farmers exporting onions came to an end, with tourism replacing agriculture as the island’s economic mainstay. However, the “Bermuda onion” nickname endures.

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  1. Missed it says:

    Crumbs! Wish I’d known this was on today. Would’ve visited as was down that way earlier. Looks very nice.

  2. X Factor says:

    OMG-that looks yummy! I make a delicious (so I’m told) onion/potato chowder-I need to share the recipe with the organizers for next year.

  3. Terry says:

    Heritage.
    I love it.
    Shalom.

  4. Disgusted says:

    Ewww. I hate onions. They are so gross. This is my worst nightmare.

  5. glendabermuda says:

    Everything looks delis!!!
    Proud to be an Island gurl!:-)

  6. Denise says:

    We went, it was fabulous. Well done to everyone who had any part in this event . The pulled Pork with Onions .. delicious, Chowder.. out of this World ! Everyone had made such a great effort and I have my St. Davids calendar for 2016 to prove I went East . Those Onion Islanders ALWAYS makes you welcome .
    Make sure to put this event on your calendar next year

  7. Ronnie Chameau says:

    THANK YOU BERNEWS YOU GUYS GET RIGHT ON IT YOU DO A GREAT JOB. THE PICS ARE GREAT! WE ALL HAD A GREAT DAY THANKS TO EVERY WHO BROUGHT THEIR ONIONS.

  8. Jean Foggo Simon says:

    It looked so inviting and well laid out. SDI all the way.

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