Gray shallots are considered to be the true shallot favored by discriminating chefs. Long used in french cuisine for its' unusual flavor, gray shallots have been compared to truffles and perfumed butternut. Although gray shallots have a comparatively short shelf life of only 3 to 5 months, they may be cooked and frozen for future use.
Gray Shallots - considered the true shallot, Gray shallots are the preferred shallot of french cuisine for their unusual, distinctive flavor that has been compared by some to truffles or perfumed butternut. They have a very long growing season, taking two to three years to reach maturity, making them more expensive than ordinary red or yellow shallots, but the resulting taste is worth the effort.