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If you flip through a Portuguese recipe book, you’ll find some key ingredients common to almost all of them, this being one of the more prominent ones.

White, red, Valenciana and garrafal are just some of the numerous varieties of onions, our featured product of the week. At first glance (and first bite), it may look like a shallot, but it is an onion from Vale do Sousa, a variety appreciated, above all, for its low acidity. The main product of traditional late summer fairs in Penafiel and São Bartolomeu since the old days, it is a favourite of several chefs – especially those from the north of Portugal! The ones we show here come from H2Douro. This small family business runs a “modern, efficient and sustainable”, production of vegetables, fruits, aromatics and microgreens, “both from an economic and environmental point of view”.

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