Thursday, March 16, 2006

What's a Shallot? What's a Scallion?

Shakespeare said "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" but there seems to be some confusion between shallots (with the accent on SHALL) and shallots (with the accent on LOTS).

SHALLots: The first are a lot like onions with a bit of garlic in them too. The Belgian ones are longer and narrower than French ones, but they are equally sweet and mild in flavor.

ShaLLOTS: The second go by several names - scallions, green onions, and in my family, anyway shalLOTS. Some people like to only use the white part or use the green finely chopped to add flavor to salads and garnish soups. These are quite pungent in flavor.

Please email me any of your questions, and if I don't have the answer, I'll certainly try find it for you.



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