Shallots and Leeks: The Lesser Known Onion Cousins for the Garden & Kitchen
They're a big family, those alliums. From the familiar onions and softneck garlics, to the less famous but intriguing shallots, leeks, and hardneck garlics. Some gardeners even use alliums just for their flowers, like Allium giganteum with 3 foot stems and purple flower heads the size of softballs. Gardeners agree that for superior flavor in onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks there is no substitute for growing your own. They are easy crops, planted in fall and growing until mid-summer harvest. For the scoop on different kinds of garlic, and how to plant them, check out our video and articles about growing garlic. We have a great video about planting onions, shallots, and leeks. Which leads to the question: What exactly is a shallot or a leek?