This heirloom is a favorite among onion lovers who have tried it. The taste is not overly strong; it's spicy, without much heat, and most sweet varieties taste sickly when compared to this good-flavored one.
Although on the small side, averaging about 4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick, these whitish-purple, bottle-shaped bulbs are the best storage onions available in my opinion. They are raised mostly from sets and certainly outlast any of the milder-flavored varieties in storage conditions.
Grown for generations in the Pennsylvania Dutch country, old-fashioned bottle onions still are quite popular there as a home remedy, particularly as a poultice for colds.
This summer I bought some bottle onions from a farmer's market here. Seeing that they were great tasting I thought I might just plant the rest. No luck with propagation. Soooo. Also no luck finding the guy that sold them again.
It looks like the Mother Earth News article left an address for a Mr. Yoder that might have some to sell. I will certainly try that and then maybe if that doesn't work I will order some from Baa's address.
Also maybe I could catch up with Brook at BakerCreekSeed's again this year.
Melody, no problem with me using onions quickly. I am more into the fry them up with something --- Now my mouth is watering ... rather than winter storage. Although I like them all.