Shallot, how to grow it

Shallot is both easy to grow and delicious in cooking.

Summary of Shallot facts

NameAllium ascalonicum
Family – Alliaceae
Type – vegetable

Height – 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – light, drained

Flowering – summer
Harvest – July and August

Caring for it from planting to harvest won’t burden you in any way while guaranteeing you excellent results.

Planting and sowing shallot

Shallot is a perennial, but in temperate climates it is grown as an annual.

It thus disappears in winter and won’t reappear the following year.

Shallot is should be planted during waning moon for best results.

Bulb shallot

Bulb planting is possible all winter long if your soil allows; ie, it mustn’t stay damp.

If you expect heavy rain and high residual soil moisture, wait for the end of winter, even until March and April to plant your bulbs.

  • Prepare the soil by breaking it up to make it as soft as possible.
  • Prefer poor and well drained soil.
  • Adding sand can help.
  • Plant the bulbs and let the tip just barely stick out.
  • Mulch in winter to ensure that freezing won’t damage its growth.
  • Space rows by more or less 8 inches (20 cm) (6 inches (15 cm) for smaller varieties).

Sowing shallot from seed

Not so common but also perfectly possible, you may sow your shallot from seed.

  • You can also start sowing in a sheltered place as early as March.
  • Sowing isn’t the easiest and quickest way to grow shallots: better plant from bulbs.

Harvesting shallot

Upon harvesting, in July, pull out the bunches and dry them in the sun in a breezy place for two to three days.

  • After that, you can bring them indoors in a dry, ventilated and rather cool spot.

Take note that gray shallots, although the most common variety, only keep until mid-December.

If you hope to keep your shallots all winter long, prefer the Jersey shallots which have a pinkish hue and taste just as good.

All there is to know about shallot

shallotShallot is part of the same family as onion, and is a staple of French cuisine thanks to its delicate refined taste.

A spice vegetable, it complements dishes and sauces that strive to make it into the “fine dining” category, both raw and cooked.

Shallot has rather high vitamin C and B levels, as well as trace elements and antioxidants.

The most common varieties are

Gray shallots, considered to be the “original” shallots. They are sought after for their taste which is sometimes deemed more delicate than that of pink shallots.

  • Gray shallots – ‘Griselle’, ‘Grisor’
  • Pink shallots – ‘Bretor’, ‘Delvad’, ‘Jermor’, ‘Ronde de Jersey’, ‘Pesandor’, ‘Rondeline’
  • Health: health benefits of shallot

Smart tip about shallot

Shallot has very high magnesium content, grow it and boost your health status!

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