Mid-sized, tasty French shallot valued in gourmet cooking and restaurants
These shallots have reddish-pink bulb scales and a pale, purple-pink flesh. The size of mature bulbs ranges from 1 to 2" in diameter. Note: This should not to be confused with the gray French shallot which produces a prolific amount of tough-skinned, undersized bulbs in the middle and southern U.S. latitudes. The 'French Red' shallot is more widely adapted and has superior flavor, though it does not keep as well as other shallots. Valued in gourmet cooking and fine restaurants.Amaryllidaceae Allium cepa var. aggregatum
Shallots form a cluster of small bulbs with a mild, sweetly pungent flavor. Their skin varies from gray to golden brown to red. The flesh is white, but may be tinged with purple or green.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 90-120 (Spring/Summer), 90-120 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Shallots are very hardy and can even survive the winter outdoors in northern states, if protected by mulch.
- Spring, Fall
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Long days
Shallots grow best in cool to warm temperatures. They do well in the long days of spring and early summer, and should be ready to harvest in the mid to late summer.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 55°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Soil temperature should not exceed 50º for the first month after the shallot is planted.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool, Warm)
Shallots are somewhat drought tolerant, but need evenly moist soil for best production. If the soil dries out it will affect your crop.
Moderate nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous. This is a variety of onion and has pretty much the same needs.
- Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
Shallots can be grown in containers, so long as they have good drainage and a large pot (at least 12" deep).
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Red Skin
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Great mild yet rich onion flavor; mid-size shallot.