Shallot

Gemüsegarten des Gärtners. Auf dem Berg der Bergstämme. Schalotte

Allium ascalonicum

Shallot (Wikipedia)
Shallot
Shallots - sliced and whole.jpg
Sliced and whole red shallots
SpeciesAllium cepa (see text)
Cultivar groupAggregatum Group

The shallot is a botanical variety (a cultivar) of the onion. Until 2010, the shallot was classified as a separate species, Allium ascalonicum, a name that is a synonym of Allium cepa, the species name of the onion. A. cepa is the correct name for the shallot species.

Its close relatives include garlic, scallions, leeks, chives, and the Chinese onion.

Shallots probably originated in Central or Southwest Asia, travelling from there to India and the eastern Mediterranean.

Shallot (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French échalote, from Middle French eschalote, alteration of Old French eschaloigne, from Medieval Latin escalonia, from Latin ascalonia (cēpa) (onion of Ashkelon). Doublet of scallion.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈʃælət/, /ʃəˈlɑt/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ʃəˈlɒt/
  • Rhymes: -ɒt

Noun

shallot (plural shallots)

  1. A vegetable in the onion family
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