You’re in the produce aisle, staring at an overwhelming spread of veggies, trying to decide between a white onion, a purple onion and a yellow onion, when that familiar feeling of grocery store panic starts to creep in. Wait, what about shallots? you think.
What about them! While all alliums—onions, shallots, garlic, scallions, leeks, ramps, chives and their friends—are beautiful in their own way (not to mention essential to flavorful cooking), we have a soft spot for those small, oblong purple cuties. In a battle of shallots versus onions, we couldn’t possibly choose a favorite…but if you want to branch out from your usual Spanish onion and harness the subtly delicious flavor of a shallot, there are a few key differences you should know.