In one of his books (I can’t recall which one,) James Herriot writes about eating roast beef sandwiches and pickled onions at someone else’s house, and he states that the size of the onions were remarkably large; “larger than golf balls.”
I’m confused. Aren’t almost *all *onions larger than golf balls? Is there a British species/variety that is smaller than golf balls?
No, pickling onions are a specific variety, much larger than pearl onions but much smaller than regular onions; they’re typically about 2-3 cms in diameter, so one the size of a golf ball would be at the upper range. Some pickled onions.
Can’t help you with the onion thing, but I believe it is in All Creatures Great and Small. The other person is Granville Bennett, a large, affable vet who does small animal work. Lives with his wife, Zoe, and his dog, Phoebe, whom he calls, “Phoebles”. Granville insists in plying poor James with liquor, so that every time he meets Zoe, the poor lad is completely tanked.
They taste like onions that are pickled. No dill flavor (at least not the ones I had), but the usual vinegar flavor. You know, like pickled eggs, pickled beets, pickled gizzards (okay, you may not know that one, but it is a thing), pickled jalapenos or pickled peppers of any sort, etc…