Shallots form a vital part of the chef's mise en place and are at the heart of many classic dishes. Professional chefs and passionate home cooks know that shallots are a crucial ingredient in stews and casseroles but they are also fantastic in stir fries, breads, sauces, tarts, soups, salads and curries.
Throw shallots in around your meat joint to get a delicious sweet veg accompaniment that subtly takes on the flavour of the meat juices – you don’t even need to peel them
• 79% of people don’t regularly buy shallots
• Of these 51% don’t know why they would buy them over an onion
• 22% don’t know which dishes put them in
Make sure you’re in the know and read our tips
Survey was carried out by UK Shallot Grower Group in 2013