Monique Shallot Sets are a semi-long French heirloom variety that produces elongated, oblong bulbs. These bulbs are more elongated than a traditional shallot but more globe-shaped than a true banana shallot. Monique Shallot bulbs can grow as large as 3″. They have rust-colored skins with light pink flesh. This variety has excellent disease-resistance and a long storage window. It will store 9-10 months after harvesting.
In zones 4-10, plant in fall and overwinter for best results. They may also be planted in spring, but bulbs will usually not get as large.
Planting Depth: Plant shallot bulbs with root end facing the soil and the tapered end facing the sun. Cover the shallot bulb with soil except for the very tip.
Seed Spacing: Plant shallots 4-6″ apart. Shallots spaced farther apart will tend to multiply, while shallots planted closer together will produce single bulbs.
Row Spacing: Shallots may be planted on single rows as close as 1-2′ apart.
Shallots have a milder flavor than onions and are great to use when preparing soups and sauces. They can be left whole or sliced. They have an excellent taste when cooked but can also be consumed raw in salads, salsas, and other raw preparations. Cured shallots will store for several months and can be used as needed when kept in a dry, cool climate. In addition to the bulb, shallot greens may also be harvested for garnish or to add flavor to soups and sauces.
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