It’s time to plant shallots
LAST week I was telling you how to prepare your shallot harvest for winter storage, and now I’m planting more! But these pungent little bulbs are a godsend – compared to onions they store far longer (often into May), their flavour is concentrated, they bulk up readily and suffer from fewer pests and diseases.
Autumn plantings also give bigger yields than spring types. ‘Jermor’ is my favourite long variety – the elongated bulbs are easy to slice. When it comes to cooking them whole, ‘Griselle’ is ideal, being spherical and flavoursome.
Shallots prefer an open, sunny site with free-draining soil (light soil is especially important for autumn planting). Using a trowel, plant bulbs so only the topmost ‘tuft’ is showing, and space 10in (25cm) apart.
Plant shallots in an open, sunny site now for good yields next summer
Spherical ‘Griselle’ is a flavoursome shallot