For true flavour, thank shallots

Plant true shallots now and rejoice in an empire of taste come summer

As we head toward the shortest day of the year, much of the vegetable patch might seem fast asleep. However, even in the dark days of December there is one unusual, exotic vegetable that is just aching to be planted. This rare crop is much prized by French chefs for its depth and complexity of flavour and though it’s rarely to be found in even the fanciest UK supermarkets, it is a real cinch to grow.

True shallots’ complex flavour is like night to day compared with the sad supermarket varieties

As often happens with plant common names, most shallots in shops aren’t actually true shallots at all

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