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Tear-free onion on sale
Some people avoid cooking onions because their eyes stream
Few chefs will shed a tear at the latest breed of vegetable - an onion which does not irritate the eyes.

The Supasweet onion is specially bred - not genetically modified - to halve the content of the ingredient which irks the eyes and nostrils.

It is also said to be mild enough to eat like an apple, and will be on sale at Tesco supermarkets from Sunday.

The Supasweet has been developed with government-funded research by British farmers.

It will cost 99p for a 500g pack of two - the same price as two imported Spanish red onions.

A minority experience such a severe reaction that they never cook with onions again
Steve Murrells
The new onion has a distinctive pale, thin skin and is easy to peel.

It has been grown in low-sulphur soils to cut the pyruvic acid content.

Tesco's fresh produce director, Steve Murrells, said millions of people would welcome the news.

He said: "It heralds the beginning of a new era of food without tears.

"While many of us will have suffered the stinging effect of peeling onions, a minority experience such a severe reaction that they never cook with onions again.

"Since onions form the base of so many of today's dishes, the Supasweet will open up a new world of cooking to them."

Tesco is being supplied by farmers from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Growers at the Lincolnshire-based Allium and Brassica Centre and scientists from the University of Liverpool have also been involved.

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