Monster Shallot – The Ripley’s of Shallots

I am still marveling at all of the beautiful produce that was on display at the National Heirloom Expo last week.

It was quite eye-opening and I just have to share with you all about an amazing shallot that I now have in my possession thanks to my new pal Christian of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Company. It’s so beautiful, it’s going to be hard to slice into it. Just for fun, Super-sous and I laid it out amongst other shallots and an onion to do a little comparison.

The results are in! From left to right.

  • The Monster Shallot coming in at 14 ounces, 7 inches long and 3 & 1/2 inches wide. (Holy Latte.)
  • Next up, a typical red onion you would find at a grocery store or farmers market, weighing 7 ounces.
  • Followed by, a typical shallot you would find at a farmers market in California (previously thought of as huge until Monster Shallot came onto the scene). The California farmers market shallot weighs 3 ounces.
  • And then, a typical shallot you would find at a grocery store across the country – weighing 1 ounce.

Not that size matters… but Monster Shallot is a pretty cool cat and will soon be deliciously prepared in a multitude of ways (since it’s basically about 14 shallots worth in one).

Oh, and did I mention? You can probably procure the seeds for this shallot (or something like it) through Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Company.

And now… let’s eat!

 

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