None that I could really tell. I grew shallots once from seeds and several
times from sets. I suspect that there might be more difference between
the same type of shallot grown in different soils than there would be between
the different types grown in the same soil.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
The greatest difference is that France has found that it is good for its
economy to insist upon legally binding geographical appelations for things
that it grows. For example, it ain't champagne if the same grapes are grown
elsewhere in the same conditions; it ain't rocquefort if the milk is
inoculated with the same microorganism in a similar cave elsewhere, and it
ain't a shallot if the bulb is not a native of la Belle France. Shallots
come in various sizes and shapes, but are indistinguishable in ways that
count in the kitchen or on the table.
On Sun, 8 Aug 2004 21:35:31 UTC, email@example.com () opined:
That's because the non-European market has enough sense to associate names
with wine (and cheese) product type, rather than with neighborhood. The EU,
of course, enforces the geographical limitations wherever its writ runs.
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