"Unless you are a gardener, shallots are more commonly known as onions.
Used in the same way, and having the same taste......"
That's an actual quote from a website, gardenzone.info, and I don't
think I really agree.
Now I've been experimenting with alternatives to Onions, mostly
because my wife hates the smell. I tried leeks, then some purple
shallots from the local grocery. What I found was that she hates the
smell of all of them, so we are having a vented hood installed over the
Anyway, I love cooking with onions, but now I think I may prefer the
flavor of shallots. I was wondering if anyone could point me to a bulk
source? I'm thinking of planting a roughly 4' by 10' area with them.
The Johnny's catalog arrived a couple of days ago. My husband was
looking through it and said he never knew there were so many kinds of
greens. Of course the only lettuce he will eat is iceberg.
I have bought a number of things from Johnny's and have been very
Check your local nurseries or farm stores for shallots.
Good luck with that. I had my first try at growing shallots this past winter
alongside garlic. I pulled up a great crop a few weeks ago which are
currently drying. I think I will enjoy cooking with the small ones through
autumn and winter and enjoy planting the bigger ones out for another good
crop next summer.
The shallots you bought at the grocery will probably work fine. The
yellow ones are probably "Dutch" shallots wich are some of the largest
and will last a very long time in storage. In Ohio I plant them in the
fall with garlic though you might do OK planting in the spring. They
don't like weeds but otherwise have few problems. As far as tasting
like onions or tasting like garlic...they taste like shallots.
I've grown them from seed before too. They are available from some
seed catalogs. Those I planted in the spring.
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