There is no confusion here - shallots are clearly a member of the Allium family, displaying some of the most obvious characteristics of other members. They taste very similar to an onion and have physical structure that is more akin to garlic. Shallots are formed in clusters of multiple cloves and their skin is usually a reddish-brown color with lavender flesh underneath. When cut, shallots release a chemical similar to that found onions, which irritates the eyes. But their flavor tends to be milder and sweeter, yet still pungent, and for this reason, is a favorite ingredient among chefs. In Asian cuisines, shallots are often fried or pickled and a popular Persian dish mixes crushed shallots with yogurt. Shallots can be stored for at least 6 months.

In Season

May, June, July

Recipes with Shallots

Cream of Sunchoke Soup with Melted Shallots, Chanterelles, and Brown Butter

Leif Hedendal

Cauliflower Gratin

Chris Borges, Taste Catering.

Pan Seared Hog Island Oysters with Parsnip Soup and Carrot Emulsion

Mark Ayers, Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa.

Peach Chutney

Shanti Wilson, CUESA Market Chef.

Articles about Shallots

July 31, 2014

Volunteers of the Month: Summer Interns

CUESA says farewell and thanks to our summer interns, Janelle, Henry, and, Sarah.

July 25, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate

Confused by terms like heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO? We’ll help you sort them out.

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.


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