Rossa Lunga di Tropea Onion


Rossa Lunga di Tropea Onion | Ecologically grown
Allium cepa | Biennial | Heirloom

The famous Italian heirloom torpedo onion whose name means ‘Long Red of Tropea.’ In Calabria near the southern tip of Italy, Tropea is the site of a famous onion festival every August. Elongated like torpedos, these thin-skinned glossy maroon bulbs with lighter interiors are easily sliced into even rings. Sweet, mild and delicious for fall enjoyment. Chefs love them for grilling or braising.

Planting tip: Start indoors 10-12 weeks before the transplanting date. Trim seedling to 1” when it reaches 5” to increase thickness.

Harvesting tip: When tops dry up and fall over harvest for storage variety. Cure for 3-5 days in the fields. Alternatively, cure in the greenhouse at 23-26°C and 80% humidity.

Storage tip: Cool and dry slowly to elongate the dormancy period. Onion can also store in a root cellar at 0-1°C and 65-70% humidity.