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How to grow Shallots

How to grow Shallots

Learn how to grow Shallots with our easy step by step guide. Shallots, as a variety of onion, taste like common onions, but have a sweeter, milder, richer and more complex flavour.

Shallots Varieties

Shallots come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Some varieties of shallots are more elongated than others, while some are more rounded.

The two most commonly grown varieties are:

  • Ambition, a globe shaped bulb
  • Picador, an oval shaped bulb.

How to plant Shallots

Shallots are simple to grow, similar to garlic.

  • When growing from seed, sow seeds at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed.
  • If seedlings are used, plant them 7-15 cm apart with the root scar facing downward and the pointed end facing up.
  • They should be placed at a depth so that the tops are just barely below the soil.
  • Autumn is the best time for planting in most areas as shallots have no trouble surviving winter conditions.

Shallots Growing Guide

Shallots grow well in average garden soil, there’s no need for heavy applications of fertiliser. Keep the soil well watered and weeded.

Like garlic, shallots are formed in clusters of offsets with a head composed of multiple cloves. Their skin colour can vary from golden brown to grey to rose red, and their off-white flesh is usually tinged with green or magenta.

How to Harvest Shallots

Harvest time is usually between 3-4 months, and they can be stored for at least 6 months.

How to use Shallots

Shallots are extensively cultivated for use in fresh cooking, in addition to being pickled. Finely sliced deep-fried shallots are used as a condiment in Asian cuisine. Also popular in French cooking, they are liked because of their firm texture and sweet, aromatic, yet pungent, flavour.

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