Shallot onion – Salottisipuli
Allium ascalonicum

Amaryllidaceae family

Shallot is an edible onion. It is brown-red in color and slightly elongated in shape. Shallots reproduce by division.

It most probably comes from Central or Southwest Asia, from where it has later spread to India and the Mediterranean regions. It is considered a very fine-tasting onion and is particularly popular in Europe.

Shallots are the nobility of onions and are popular with both professional kitchens and home cooks. The shallot has a mild taste and a fine aroma. It is, for example, an essential part of the classic French cuisine beurre blanc, i.e. a sauce made of butter and white wine. Whole, it goes well with various casseroles.