Destination Tropea

Tropea’s red onion

Tropea Red Onion

While onions are grown across the region, the sandy soil and milder coastal climate yield the world’s sweetest onions. This remarkable sweetness lends itself to a myriad of culinary preparations. Crisp and boasting a vibrant red hue, the Tropea red onion is a vegetable renowned for its beneficial properties.


The harvesting period goes from September to April. Its origins are very ancient; it was imported to these lands by the Phoenician people over 2000 years ago.


The most famous event dedicated to the red onion of Tropea takes place in mid-August in the municipality of Ricadi.