Unfortunately many “sweet” onions at the market are high sugar cultivars, but they’ve been grown in regular soils, so it’s hard to taste the sweetness over their spiciness. But you can rid them of their pungency by leaching out the volatile sulfur compounds in a process called taming. This simply involves slicing the onions and soaking them in a few changes of water until they’re no longer spicy. Adding some baking soda to the water will help neutralize the sulfur compounds, speeding up the process.
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