Zebrune Shallot


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Zebrune Shallot is a beautiful heirloom banana-type shallot from France, where it is called "Echalion Cuisse de Poulet du Poitou" or, "Leg of the Chicken Shallot". These shiny pink-brown shallots have light pink flesh and have a sweet and mild flavor that is prized by gourmet chefs. Their high sugar profile and easy-to-peel elongated shape suits them perfectly for caramelizing. In contrast to onions, shallots have thinner layers and are quicker to lose their pungency in cooking, leaving a delicate yet high depth of flavor while retaining their crunch. When raw, they have a powerful flavor with less bite. Shallots are excellent for roasting whole in tarte tatins and curries, pairing with chicken and fish, caramelizing with steak, pickling, and chopped in soffritos and vinaigrettes. Zebrune shallots store well after curing.

Also Known As: Echalote, Esharotto, Eschaliion, Banana Shallot, Semi-Long Shallot, Pink Shallot, Ulle, Torshi, Mooseer, Sibuya, 青葱, छोटे प्याज़,

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Plant Name:
Shallot, Zebrune
Latin Name:
Allium cepa aggeratum
Days to Germinate: 10-21
Days to Harvest: 120-210
Growth Habit: Root, Noon Day
USDA Zones: 2-12
Lifespan: Biennial
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2024

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation and Fertilizing:

Choose an area with well-draining soil and receives full sunlight each day. When it is dry enough to not stick to garden tools, work the soil. Before seeding or transplanting, remove all rocks and trash from the soil, then dig or plow the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake up several times to break up large clods.  At this point, you may optionally spread 2-3 pounds of a complete fertilizer per 100-square-feet of garden area.  Measure and spread the fertilizer, then mix it with the top 3-4 inches of soil. Rake until smooth.  Tip: If you live in an area with heavy clay or hard soil, add a 1 inch layer of compost to improve soil texture.


Shallots are a cool-season crop and can stand temperatures well below freezing. Seeds may be started indoors about 6 weeks before planning to transplant to the garden. Shallot seeds need temperatures of at least 50°F (10°C) to germinate.  Or, direct sow shallot seeds outdoors by planting them 1/4 inch deep during October through December (for biggest bulbs in a May/July harvest). Place the seeds 1 inch apart in rows spaced 1-2 feet apart. When the plants are about 6 inches high, thin them to 1 plant every 4 inches. Extra plants may be eaten as scallions. 

Planting Depth: 1/2 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
1 inch, thin 4 inches
Between-Row Spacing:
1- 2 feet


Care During the Season:

Watering: Watering once a week is usually enough in the Spring. You may need to water more often during dry, windy weather. Slow, deep watering helps the root system grow strong. 
Weeding and Pruning: Weeds are easy to pull or cut when they are 3-4 inches tall. Try not to let weeds or grasses grow large because they will compete with shallots for nutrients. If hoeing to remove weeds, be careful not to cut too deeply  as cutting the feeder rooters may slow the plant's growth. It is better to pull by hand when possible.

Fertilizing: When the shallot plants develop several shoots, you may optionally apply fertilizer again to help grow larger plants and bigger bulbs. Use about 1/2 cup of fertilizer for each 10 feet of shallot row. Scatter the fertilizer evenly between the rows around the plants. Then water the shallots after adding the fertilizer. 
Insecticides: Shallots have few insect problems. However, thrips, which are very tiny insects, may be found between the center leaves. Many Insecticides are available in garden centers for use if needed. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options that can be used. Sevin is a synthetic insecticide option. Before using a pesticide, please read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Brown leaf tips or brown spots on the middle and lower parts of leaves may be caused by plant diseases. Sulfur has fungicidal properties than can help control many diseases. Neem oil and other fungicides are available for use. Please always follow cautions, warnings, and directions.


Shallots seeded in October/December should produce bulbs in May/July. Shallots are ready when the main stem begins to get weak and fall over. Pull plants out of the soil. Leave them lying in the garden for about 1-2 days to dry and cure. Then remove the tops and roots and let them keep drying in baskets or boxes. Shallots can be stored in a refrigerator crisper or in a dry, airy place such as a in a wire net in the garage or carport.


Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per
Calories 7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 33 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1.7 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.3 g 1%
Sugar 0.8 g
Protein 0.3 g 0%
Vitamin C 1% Calcium 0%
Iron 0% Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B6 0% Cobalamin 0%
Magnesium 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.