Not what you might expect, but the US president has a link to the agriculture industry. His wife, Melania Trump, hails from a generation of onion farmers as reported by The Washington Post.
Melania's Grandfather, Anton Ulcnik, was one of Slovenia;'s largest grower and breeder for decades. Mr. Ulcnik grew the local Raka Red onion along with other vegetables such as turnips, corn, carrots and much more. He also kept livestock, as he became Slovenia's largest grower of the Raka Red onion in the 1970's. He also worked as a cobbler, but began his onion enterprise in the 1940's and became the biggest producer of the onion at the time. At his height he produced approximately 50 tonnes per year.
It has been said that Melania's grandfather has preserved the onion breed for future generations, and he continued producing the product up until his death in 1992. Popularity in the product had died down at this stage, as had production due to Mr. Ulcnik's deteriorating health. There were also social and economic changes widespread in Slovenia at the time with the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. This is said to also have affected the onion trade.
The Rake Red onion, originates in Slovenia and is said to be larger than a shallot but smaller than a typical American onion. It is mild tasting, and is enjoyed by Slovenians on Pizza's, in stews, and even raw!
To this day only a small number of Slovenian farmers grow the Raka red onion, with many grown on personal vegetable plots. Though Pennsylvanian seed company, Burpee, have recently been trying to source the onion so they can ultimately have one planted at the White House Gardens. They have, in conjunction with Slovenian officials, been trying to promote the onion and have begun operations to have enhance its popularity.
If the onion is to be planted in the White House gardens it would need to be tested and standardized first, then undergo trials at farms around the US. Then and only then would it be granted permission for planting in the famous garden. It is expected this would be by 2018 at the earliest.
One things certain, Melania would have no trouble in growing the rare onion if it does get planted, having visited her grandparents every weekend when she was younger. Surely she picked up some tricks of the trade on her travels.