Shallots can be used in a variety of dishes and meals. They are especially tasty when added whole to a winter casserole!
Zebrune has a good resistance to bolting, and produces long brown bulbs which are tinged with pink. They are best grown on well-drained soil in a lovely sunny location.
When to sow
February to April
Where to Sow
Early sowing can be made underglass in modules , sow 1-2 seeds per module on the surface of seed sowing compost and lightly cover with a sprinkling or vermiculite or compost , and place at a temperature of 14°C. Outdoor sowings can be made in April , sow seed thinly in shallow drills 1.5cm (1/2in) deep, with rows spaced 30cm (12in) apart.
What to do next
Greenhouse sown modules can be moved to a cold frame in April to harden off before planting outside 5cm (2in) apart . Outdoor sowings can be thinned to the same distance as above. Thinnings can be eaten as spring onions.
September to October
Feed as soon as the bulbs start to swell after the longest day with a high nitrogen feed, followed by another feed 5 weeks later.
High in Vitamin C, Potassium, Fibre, Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron.