Horticultural aide memoire No. 31: Harvest shallots
The shallot is a desirable vegetable and easy enough to grow in a reasonable summer. By now, it will have formed neat, low clumps of bulbs and the appearance will have changed from pale green to light brown, with a papery texture. The harvest is at hand. First, take a fork and work along the row, loosening the clumps. Rub the worst of the soil off the bases and fetch the lot indoors to a place where they can ripen, perhaps a greenhouse. Then, pull the clumps apart and cut off the tops, spreading out the bulbs to ripen fully.