Shallot Surprise

 

Onions, shallots and spring onions

Onions, shallots and spring onions

On the left in this raised bed are onions and shallots, with whispy young spring onions to their right.  Today I lifted what I thought was a clump of spring onions but realised too late that it was a shallot that hadn’t formed properly.  Sometimes shallots won’t form into the tight clump of bulbs that they should.

Shallot that hadn't bunched properly

Shallot that hadn’t bunched properly

Instead they split into several individual shoots, barely joined at the root.  That’s what has happened with some of mine, but after cleaning the bunch up I was left with the lovely feast below; reminiscent of spring onions.  And guess what? They’re delicious.

Shallot split and cleaned up.

Shallot split and cleaned up.

I’ll be perfectly happy if the whole crop turns out like this.

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