Sweet, mild flavor from this eschalion (banana) type shallot

An heirloom eschalion (banana) type shallot from France, Zebrune is a bulb vegetable. The French name Cuisse de Poulet du Poitou translates as "leg of the chicken" (why does everything sound more elegant in French?), and these mid-sized shallots really are a bit drumstick-shaped, bulging in the middle and narrower on one end. The thick, meaty pinkish brown bulbs have a sweet, mild flavor, between onion and garlic. They can be eaten raw or cooked, but they are excellent for gourmet dishes. The bulbs keep beautifully after harvest.

Zebrune is an annual that prefers full sun and loose, fertile, moist but well-drained, sandy, limey loams with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Keep shallots well weeded. Deer, rabbit, and black walnut resistant.

Direct sow shallot seed in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked and temperatures are consistently 55°F. Start indoors in short-season climates or for the earliest possible crop of shallots. Sow the seeds 8 weeks before the last scheduled frost in your area and transplant the seedlings after all threat of frost has passed. Succession planting is recommended for continual harvest. Shallots are more likely to form a single bulb when plants are spaced close together.

If you plan to start your seeds indoors, be sure to check out our Bio Dome Seed Starter Kit. With the Bio Dome, you can control the temperature, light, and soil mix to ensure your seeds become strong for transplant.


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Genus Allium
Species cepa
Variety Zebrune
Item Form (P) Pkt of 200 seeds
Days To Maturity 100
Fruit Color Brown
Habit Upright
Seeds Per Pack 200
Plant Height 12 in - 24 in
Plant Width 4 in - 8 in
Additional Characteristics Edible, Easy Care Plants, Pest Fighter, Fragrance, Rose Companions, Heirloom
Foliage Color Dark Green
Harvest Season Late Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Pest Resistant, Disease Resistant, Cold Hardy
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Sandy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor, Containers

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