Crème Brûlée Shallot

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Crème Brûlée Shallot

Allium cepa (aggregatum group)
(110 days) F-1 hybrid. This éschalion—also called bottle or banana shallot—has lustrous pinky-bronze skin and elongated 4–5" bulbs that are easy to peel and slice. Tender, sweet and slightly citrusy when raw, and with butter in a skillet they caramelize as perfectly as the golden crust of the fanciest crème brûlée. Easy to grow—a great option for market growers and home gardeners alike. Stores beautifully into April. In 2021 this became the first shallot ever to receive an AAS Winner designation. NEW!


2438 Crème Brûlée
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Shallots

The sweetest and mildest member of the onion family, important in Asian, Persian and French cuisines.

Culture: Start indoors in Feb. or March and transplant out in spring almost as soon as the ground can be worked. Set 4–6" apart in trenches in well-dug beds with generous quantities of organic matter. Avoid transplanting next to grass strips; slugs love to dine on tiny allium seedlings. Irrigate seedlings whenever the topsoil dries out.

Alliums

Culture: Start allium seeds indoors in February or March. Minimum germination soil temperature 45°; optimal range 60-70 °. We discourage using bottom heat because alliums germinate poorly in soil temps above 70°. Transplant in spring soon after the ground can be worked.

Alliums are heavy feeders and want generous amounts of organic matter, fertilizer and water. Late transplanting and poor fertility can result in small onions or failure to form bulbs. Alliums are notoriously intolerant of weeds. Slugs love to munch them, and in areas above 40° latitude, root maggots may be a problem.

About allium seed: Allium seed is short-lived. We do not hold over hybrid onion seed because of precipitous decreases in germination. Test 1-year-old seed before using. Discard anything older.

Diseases:
DM Downy Mildew
PR Pink Root

ALERT: Leek Moth is emerging as a serious pest potentially affecting all Alliums in the Northeast. Consult your local Cooperative Extension for more info.

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.