Onions Australia: Abbott was our onion-eating champion
HE was their Prime Minister.
A year on from then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott chomping down on a raw onion brought tears of joy to the eyes of onion farmers -- and just tears for the rest of us -- Onions Australia remains proud of the man they now consider an icon.
After wresting power from their hero, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is yet to show he loves onions the way Mr Abbott loves onions.
When delivered a basket of onions at a International Women's Day in Adelaide, Mr Turnbull's minders were quick to squirrel them away from view.
Onions Australia chief Lechelle Earl said while Mr Turnbull "graciously accepted the basket, his staff were "obviously not keen to have their PM seen with onions and somehow linked to Mr Abbott".
Mr Earl said while there has been a "minimal increase in the demand" for onions, Mr Abbott helped their profile hit an all-time high.
"Onions Australia found a champion in Mr Abbott in terms of lifting the profile of our Aussie onions," he said.
"His efforts proved that Australian onions are so clean and fresh that you can absolutely eat them straight from the paddock".
When Mr Abbott lost the leadership to Malcolm Turnbull, social media paid tribute to the fallen lover of alliums with a "putoutyouronions" hastag on Twitter.
Mr Earl said it was unusual for someone to "bite straight into a raw onion".
The former Prime Minister was never asked to show his love for onions by biting one raw and unpeeled either.
"He just went ahead and did it," Mr Earl said.
"And a few days later, when I visited with Mr Abbott in his Parliament House office and presented him with an onion frittata and a basket of Aussie onions, he again chose to bite into a raw and whole onion, demonstrating that he has a genuine love of raw Aussie onions."