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Organic Shallots, French Red (lb)

Organic Shallots, French Red (lb)

Excellent Mild, Rich Onion Flavor

French Red Shallots, with their excellent mild, rich onion flavor, are an indispensable staple in French cuisine. These mid-sized, very tasty shallots add depth and complexity to dishes, making them a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike. If you're interested in cultivating these flavorful bulbs in your own garden, here's everything you need to know about growing French Red Shallots.

Soil Requirements

French Red Shallots thrive in fertile, well-drained soil. While they are very tolerant and can be grown in acidic soil with a pH as low as 5.0, they prefer soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 6.8. Before planting, it's essential to prepare the soil by incorporating organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve fertility and drainage.

Planting Time

French Red Shallots are typically planted in the fall for a late spring or early summer harvest. Planting shallot bulbs in the fall allows them to establish roots before the onset of winter. However, they can also be planted in early spring as soon as the soil is workable.

To successfully grow shallots, it's crucial to pay attention to the pH levels of the soil. These shallots thrive in soil with a pH ranging from 6.0 to 6.8, ensuring optimal nutrient uptake and healthy growth. However, maintaining the correct pH levels is just one aspect of cultivating vibrant shallot plants. Nutrient deficiency can pose a challenge, affecting the overall health and productivity of the crop.

Therefore, it's essential to provide adequate nutrition through balanced fertilization, addressing any deficiencies that may arise. By carefully monitoring pH levels and addressing nutrient deficiencies, gardeners can ensure that their French Red Shallots flourish, providing a bountiful harvest of flavorful bulbs to complement a variety of fruits and vegetables in culinary creations.

Planting Depth and Spacing

Plant shallot bulbs with the pointed end facing upwards, at a depth of 1 to 2 inches in rows spaced 12 to 18 inches apart. Space the bulbs 6 to 8 inches apart within the rows to allow for proper bulb development.

Watering and Mulching

Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during the early stages of growth. Mulching around the shallot plants with organic material such as straw or shredded leaves helps retain soil moisture, suppresses weed growth, and maintains a more stable soil temperature.

Fertilization

French Red Shallots benefit from regular fertilization to support healthy growth and bulb development. Apply a balanced fertilizer high in phosphorus (the middle number in the N-P-K ratio) at planting time and side-dress with additional fertilizer once the shallots begin actively growing.

Weed Control

Keep the area around the shallot plants free from weeds, as weeds can compete with shallots for nutrients, water, and sunlight. Regularly remove weeds by hand or use mulch to suppress weed growth.

Pest and Disease Management

French Red Shallots are relatively pest and disease resistant. However, they may occasionally be susceptible to pests such as onion thrips or diseases such as white rot. Practice crop rotation and maintain good garden hygiene to minimize the risk of pests and diseases.

Harvesting

French Red Shallots undergo a gradual plant growth process over a long period, making them an ideal spring plant. As they mature, the tops of the shallot plants gradually turn brown, signaling readiness for harvest. This extended growth period allows the shallots to develop their characteristic rich flavor and firm texture, perfect for enhancing a variety of culinary dishes.

French Red Shallots are ready for harvest when the tops begin to yellow and dry out, usually in late spring or early summer, approximately 90 to 120 days after planting. Carefully lift the shallot bulbs from the soil using a garden fork, taking care not to damage the bulbs. Allow the bulbs to cure in a warm, dry, well-ventilated area for 1 to 2 weeks to improve flavor and storage quality.

French Red Shallots, renowned for their exquisite flavor and versatility, are a quintessential ingredient in French cooking. Planted in the spring, these shallots undergo a gradual but steady growth process over a long period, culminating in a flavorful harvest. Their delicate yet robust taste enhances a myriad of dishes, from savory sauces to hearty stews.

Additionally, when paired with tender green beans, French Red Shallots impart a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor, elevating the simplest of dishes to gourmet status. With their unique culinary charm and enduring appeal, French Red Shallots remain a beloved staple in both professional kitchens and home cook's gardens alike.

Storage

Once cured, French Red Shallots can be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location for several months. Store them in mesh bags or wooden crates to allow for air circulation and prevent molding or sprouting.

Propagation

French Red Shallots can be propagated by planting individual cloves or by dividing the bulbs into smaller sections before planting. Smaller bulbs may produce fewer bulbs per clump but tend to produce larger individual bulbs, whereas larger bulbs may result in more bulbs per clump but of smaller size.

Growing French Red Shallots is a rewarding endeavor that allows you to enjoy the rich, mild flavor of these versatile bulbs straight from your garden. By following these guidelines for soil preparation, planting, care, and harvest, you can cultivate a bountiful harvest of delicious shallots to enhance your culinary creations.

For more information, please enjoy our Resource Guide for planting and growing seed shallots as well as our latest shallot Blog posts.

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Description

French Red Shallots, with their excellent mild, rich onion flavor, are an indispensable staple in French cuisine. These mid-sized, very tasty shallots add depth and complexity to dishes, making them a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike. If you're interested in cultivating these flavorful bulbs in your own garden, here's everything you need to know about growing French Red Shallots.

Soil Requirements

French Red Shallots thrive in fertile, well-drained soil. While they are very tolerant and can be grown in acidic soil with a pH as low as 5.0, they prefer soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 6.8. Before planting, it's essential to prepare the soil by incorporating organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve fertility and drainage.

Planting Time

French Red Shallots are typically planted in the fall for a late spring or early summer harvest. Planting shallot bulbs in the fall allows them to establish roots before the onset of winter. However, they can also be planted in early spring as soon as the soil is workable.

To successfully grow shallots, it's crucial to pay attention to the pH levels of the soil. These shallots thrive in soil with a pH ranging from 6.0 to 6.8, ensuring optimal nutrient uptake and healthy growth. However, maintaining the correct pH levels is just one aspect of cultivating vibrant shallot plants. Nutrient deficiency can pose a challenge, affecting the overall health and productivity of the crop.

Therefore, it's essential to provide adequate nutrition through balanced fertilization, addressing any deficiencies that may arise. By carefully monitoring pH levels and addressing nutrient deficiencies, gardeners can ensure that their French Red Shallots flourish, providing a bountiful harvest of flavorful bulbs to complement a variety of fruits and vegetables in culinary creations.

Planting Depth and Spacing

Plant shallot bulbs with the pointed end facing upwards, at a depth of 1 to 2 inches in rows spaced 12 to 18 inches apart. Space the bulbs 6 to 8 inches apart within the rows to allow for proper bulb development.

Watering and Mulching

Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during the early stages of growth. Mulching around the shallot plants with organic material such as straw or shredded leaves helps retain soil moisture, suppresses weed growth, and maintains a more stable soil temperature.

Fertilization

French Red Shallots benefit from regular fertilization to support healthy growth and bulb development. Apply a balanced fertilizer high in phosphorus (the middle number in the N-P-K ratio) at planting time and side-dress with additional fertilizer once the shallots begin actively growing.

Weed Control

Keep the area around the shallot plants free from weeds, as weeds can compete with shallots for nutrients, water, and sunlight. Regularly remove weeds by hand or use mulch to suppress weed growth.

Pest and Disease Management

French Red Shallots are relatively pest and disease resistant. However, they may occasionally be susceptible to pests such as onion thrips or diseases such as white rot. Practice crop rotation and maintain good garden hygiene to minimize the risk of pests and diseases.

Harvesting

French Red Shallots undergo a gradual plant growth process over a long period, making them an ideal spring plant. As they mature, the tops of the shallot plants gradually turn brown, signaling readiness for harvest. This extended growth period allows the shallots to develop their characteristic rich flavor and firm texture, perfect for enhancing a variety of culinary dishes.

French Red Shallots are ready for harvest when the tops begin to yellow and dry out, usually in late spring or early summer, approximately 90 to 120 days after planting. Carefully lift the shallot bulbs from the soil using a garden fork, taking care not to damage the bulbs. Allow the bulbs to cure in a warm, dry, well-ventilated area for 1 to 2 weeks to improve flavor and storage quality.

French Red Shallots, renowned for their exquisite flavor and versatility, are a quintessential ingredient in French cooking. Planted in the spring, these shallots undergo a gradual but steady growth process over a long period, culminating in a flavorful harvest. Their delicate yet robust taste enhances a myriad of dishes, from savory sauces to hearty stews.

Additionally, when paired with tender green beans, French Red Shallots impart a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor, elevating the simplest of dishes to gourmet status. With their unique culinary charm and enduring appeal, French Red Shallots remain a beloved staple in both professional kitchens and home cook's gardens alike.

Storage

Once cured, French Red Shallots can be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location for several months. Store them in mesh bags or wooden crates to allow for air circulation and prevent molding or sprouting.

Propagation

French Red Shallots can be propagated by planting individual cloves or by dividing the bulbs into smaller sections before planting. Smaller bulbs may produce fewer bulbs per clump but tend to produce larger individual bulbs, whereas larger bulbs may result in more bulbs per clump but of smaller size.

Growing French Red Shallots is a rewarding endeavor that allows you to enjoy the rich, mild flavor of these versatile bulbs straight from your garden. By following these guidelines for soil preparation, planting, care, and harvest, you can cultivate a bountiful harvest of delicious shallots to enhance your culinary creations.

For more information, please enjoy our Resource Guide for planting and growing seed shallots as well as our latest shallot Blog posts.

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Shipping Information

We cannot delay ship garlic/shallots. They will be shipped as soon as they are in stock.

Cannot ship to the following states: HI, PR, VI, ID, GU, AK

Shipping Weight: 1.05 lb

Dimensions: 7.0"L x 5.0"W x 5.0"H

Features

  • Bulb
  • Container Compatible
  • Easily Established
  • Flavor Pick
  • Good for Beginners

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
Planting Time : Fall

Planting & Care

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We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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Customer Reviews

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Ramona
Great shallots

They were in perfect condition. Every bulb was large and firm. Fall planting for next season.

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Sherry Hari
Shallots

The shallots I received were large and in perfect shape. I planted this fall for spring harvest.
Quite happy with the product from Peaceful Valley

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Pat Tarwater
Red Shallots

The shallots came in a brown bag. They have grown very well in our raised beds. I have not grown them before so I'm learning about them. They are getting a flower bloom on them and can't wait to see what they look like.
Southern California

M
Mary Norton
These are shallots?

Wow. The shallots I received are huge. Can’t wait to harvest and use them in meals. They are planted in Arizona and I see green sticking out. Thanks Grow Organic.

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Clifton 'The Nurse Farmer' Joullian
Don't forget to order your shallots!

I buy my shallots religiously every year from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply. I almost forgot to order them last year (2021)!! Luckily, I checked their website and they had not sold out yet. I got my shallots just in time to plant them in a raised bed. They sprouted within days of planting them and are thriving well. I always order extra so when I harvest them, I can freeze them in freezer bags to use throughout the year. Shallots can be used in pretty much any recipe or dish that calls for onion. Some of my favorites are Jambalaya and Shrimp Creole!

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