Onions or Corn?

April 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm 1 comment

Passing the state budget was a snap.  Deciding on the official New York State vegetable?  That’s a different matter altogether.

The New York State Legislature is gearing up for a fight over whether sweet corn or onions should be the state’s official veggie.

State Senator David Carlucci, a Democrat from Rockland County, is vouching for onions. His rival vegetable champion, State Senator Michael Nozzolio, a Republican from Rockland County, is pushing for sweet corn.

Both vegetables have merit.  In 2007, onions had a statewide cash receipt value of $94.2 million, making it the nation’s 5th largest onion producer, according to the U.S.D.A.’s New York Field Office.  Sweet corn ranked 4th but had cash receipts of $72.6 million, $21.6 million less than onions.

Senator Nozzolio, who first championed corn with the introduction of a bill in 2007, was knocked down because corn is technically a grain, not a vegetable.  He reintroduced the corn bill on Tuesday.  Senator Carlucci introduced the rival onion bill last week.

What’s your vote?  Sweet corn or onions?

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  • 1. Ray Pellecchia  |  April 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I love corn, but I just can’t vote for a grain as state vegetable. And living near black-dirt country as I do, I’ve gotta go with the onion. Thanks for the fun post.

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