Vegetables are a sure way to add taste and flavor to any recipe. Chefs will often use garlic and onions to add flavor to recipes, but will mostly forget the many varieties of shallots available.
So what are shallots? How do they taste? How different are they from onions? How many varieties of shallots are there?
Closely related to onions, chives, and garlic, the shallot plant (Allium Ascalonicum) shares many attributes with these fragrant culinary favorites.
What Is a Shallot?
Compared to regular onions, a shallot’s taste is milder and more delicate. Some classify the shallot flavor as a blend of onions and garlic.
What Do Shallots Taste Like?
Unlike onions that have a large continuous bulb, shallots bulbs often appear in clusters like garlic and often assume an oblong shape.