XL Shallots with all the mild, sweet flavour and get up and grow of the classics. are delicious in soups, stir fries, sauces, stews or simply roasted. They have a quicker cooking time than both onions and the Gold/Red varieties.
They are the result of a cross between Shallots and Onions, they are also commonly known as French Echalion. Their bigger size (10-18cm) makes them easier to peal and work with. Up to a dozen bulbs can multiply in a season.
Shallots are easy to grow, simply requiring a well drained soil and a sunny spot. It is a good idea to keep shallots moist during growth, they have a short root system so regular watering is important for good bulb growth. It is also a good idea to fertilise well for best production. Plant the bulbs just under soil level and space around 20-40cm apart.
You can companion plant you shallots with lettuce, cabbage, beets, carrots, mint, thyme, sage, strawberries and tomatoes. They shouldn’t be teamed with beans or peas.
The old adage is to plant on the shortest day and harvest on the longest as they take 90-120 days to mature. In warmer areas they can be planted and harvested a bit earlier. You should pull the bulbs before flowering, as the green shoots begin to bend and wither. Dry them in a well ventilated area for two to three weeks before separating then storing or feasting.
If you can resist, try and keep a couple of the bigger bulbs back for replanting next season. In ideal conditions, shallot bulbs will store well for up to a year.
Supplied as: Bulb
Summer to autumn
Cool to Mediterranean
Unavailable in WA, TAS