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- Created 2012-02-26
measures pungency in
with units of
(micromoles per gram fresh weight). It is named after
co-product created in the biochemical pathway that forms
, the main lachrymatory agent in onions.
The standard onion has an eight rating, while "
" have a two or three rating on the scale. The lower the score or scale the more "sweet" the onions are rated. Anything less than five is considered a sweet onion.
variety is considered sweet and must have a score of 5.0 µmol/g
or less. The Supasweet onion (usually grown in
) registers 1.5 to 2 on the scale. A standard brown onion is usually in the range of 6-7 out of 10.
Soil type, rain, and sunlight affect the pungency in onions and garlic and, therefore, their score on the pyruvate scale.
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