Common Name: Shallots
Latin Name: Allium ascalonicum
Description: Shallots have superb, delicate onion flavour and form in small clumps of bulbs. Leaves are tubular like an onion. Separate seedlings and plant 5cm apart.
Harvesting: Harvest in 12 – 15 weeks before flowering but after tops start to fall over. Dry on rack. Store in cool, dry place.
Best Results: Grow in full sun in rich loam. Prepare garden bed a month ahead to allow it to settle. Avoid adding manure at planting time. Water regularly. Suitable for pots. pH 6.5
Uses: Shallots are delicious in French cuisine, omelettes, potatoes or salads. Leaves can also be used.
Companion: Plant with other root crops. Also with lemon balm, silverbeet and lettuce.