Shallots are often thought to be another variety of onion, but they are actually a species of their own. They grow in clusters, where separate bulbs are attached at the base and by loose skins. The shallot has a tapered shape and a fine-textured, coppery skin, which differentiates it from onions. Shallots were first introduced to Europeans during the 12th Century. Crusaders brought them home as “valuable treasure” from the ancient Palestinian city of Ascalon.
We, at Blue Skys Farm, currently sell a red shallot.
Nutritionally, shallots are a rich source of vitamin A, B and E. They are low in calories, with just 50-60 calories per 100 g. The very high concentration of flavonoid compounds, with antioxidant properties, have a beneficial effect on health. Regular consumption of shallots can contribute to lowering cholesterol levels, improving the blood circulation and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Shallots have a mild taste that combines the flavor of a sweet onion with a touch of garlic. A very nice addition to any dish that you would usually use an onion. Give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.