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!


Photos, Photos, Photos! National Heirloom Expo Day 3

Day 3 of the National Heirloom Expo and it just gets better each day.

Super-sous and I didn’t have a lot of time yesterday to explore the expo so today we took a few hours to wander, wonder and wow at all that we saw!

Once again, this is an amazing event.

Congratulations to the Heirloom Expo Team who, in only their second year, managed to put on such an inspiring, educational, and eye-opening event for all ages.

We weren’t able to see everything throughout the day or talk to everyone or try every bit of food, but a few wonderful people / produce to mention are:

  • Jerre Gettle for starting the whole Expo with his Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds company
  • Paul Wallace, the Heirloom Expo director who masterfully and easefully ran the show
  • Christian Dake of Baker Creek for choosing the most beautiful and delicious produce for me for my cooking demo today
  • Wild Boar Farms for the most beautiful tomatoes I have ever seen
  • The mad skills of master carver Chef Ray L. Duey – a self-taught witty wonder

And so many more wonderful, kind, and generous people…

And now… grab your Latte and enjoy some of our favorite pics from the day!

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