A member of the allium family (which includes garlic, onions, and leeks), shallots are increasingly being studied for their antioxidant power. They're similar to onions in taste and are often used in the same way, but are slightly sweeter and less pungent, grow in clusters around root systems, and have a more oblong shape. They've been shown to help decrease risk of heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, cancer and stroke.

Selection Process

Shallots are available year round, but are in season from April to August. Look for shallots that are firm and heavy for their size. Avoid dried or shriveled shallots. If you notice any sprouting, this indicates the bulb is old and is best avoided. Store in a cool, dry and dark place with air circulation. They can even be chopped and stored frozen for up to three months.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tbsp chopped (10.0 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 7.2

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.0g 0.0%

Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 1.2mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 1.7g 0.6%

Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1.3%

Sugars 0.8g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 0.3g

Vitamin A 0.0% Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 0.4% Iron 0.7%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 0.0%
Vitamin K 0.1% Thiamin 0.4%
Riboflavin 0.1% Niacin 0.1%
Vitamin B-6 1.7% Folate 0.9%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 0.3%
Phosphorus 0.6% Magnesium 0.5%
Zinc 0.3% Selenium 0.2%
Copper 0.4% Manganese 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.