ONION SKINS: Local brand of onions from Spain’s Valencia featured in British smash hit series on Netflix

Part of the 'Skins' cast on tour through the UK
Part of the 'Skins' cast on tour through the UK

A BRAND of onions grown in a Valencian town has become famous after appearing in British Netflix hit series Skins.

The programme is a teen comedy/drama chronicling the trials and tribulations of groups of teenagers in Bristol, with the lead actors and actresses changing every two seasons and screened originally on E4 from 2007 to 2013.

After winning several awards including three BAFTAs, the original creation by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain landed on online subscription channel Netflix to great critical acclaim, with leading Spanish media analysts labelling Skins ‘the best teen series ever’.

British Skins series Valencian onions
Part of the Skins cast on a promotional tour through the UK

And in the same way that Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite featured a particular brand of crisps from Galicia (northern Spain), boosting sales by 140%, the British series shines the spotlight on a sack of onions from La Pobla de Vallbona (Camp de Turia, Valencia Province).

Eagle-eyed viewers can spot the name in the third episode of season seven, when protagonist Cassie Ainsworth is seen dragging the sack into the kitchen of the London restaurant where she works.

As she pulls the onions towards a table, the characteristic red label can be seen identifying the vegetables as being grown in the Valencian town.

This tweet shows the exact scene:

This particular product has been La Pobla’s chief farming activity since the 19th century, leading it to become known as ‘El poble de la ceba’ (‘Onion town’ in the Valencian language) with over a dozen companies exporting the vegetable throughout Spain and internationally.Growers and exporters hope that the shot, albeit brief, will have a similar impact among the many fans of Skins all over the world as the success of the Galician crisps in Bong Joon-ho’s 2019 masterpiece.

Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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