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There is no confusion here - shallots are clearly a member of the Allium family, displaying some of the most obvious characteristics of other members. They taste very similar to an onion and have physical structure that is more akin to garlic. Shallots are formed in clusters of multiple cloves and their skin is usually a reddish-brown color with lavender flesh underneath. When cut, shallots release a chemical similar to that found onions, which irritates the eyes. But their flavor tends to be milder and sweeter, yet still pungent, and for this reason, is a favorite ingredient among chefs. In Asian cuisines, shallots are often fried or pickled and a popular Persian dish mixes crushed shallots with yogurt. Shallots can be stored for at least 6 months.

In Season

May, June, July

Recipes with Shallots

Kale Tagliatelle with Ragout of Turnips and their Leaves

Tony Florian, Seven Hills

Audie Golder, Jardinière

Curly Endive Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Audie Golder, Jardinière featuring Star Route Farms

balakian farms

Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette

Daniela Gerson, featuring Balakian Farms

joshua seibert recipe

Butternut Squash and Feta Cheese Bruschetta

Joshua Seibert, Nick’s Cove and Cottage

Articles about Shallots

May 05, 2006

Bulbs, Shoots, and Leaves - Pungent Alliums

And you thought you loved garlic: one farmer grows 25-30 varieties every year!


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