Buyer's guide

Shallots are available all year but the UK season runs only from December to March.


If stored in a cool, dark, airy place, small, brown shallots will keep for up to a couple of months. Banana shallots will only keep for about two weeks.


Peel and chop shallots finely and use in dressings and sauces, or roast whole, with or without their skins. Note that as shallots contain much less water than onions, they cannot be cooked as long without burning.