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Sliced and whole red shallots
SpeciesAllium cepa (but see text)
Cultivar groupAggregatum Group

The shallot is a plant related to onion, and is typically a botanical variety or cultivar group of the species Allium cepa.[1] This was formerly classified as a separate species, A. ascalonicum, a name now considered a synonym of the currently accepted name.[2]

Its close relatives include onion, garlic, leeks, chives[3] and Chinese onion.[4] Shallots probably originated in Central or Southwest Asia, travelling from there to India and the eastern Mediterranean.

  1. ^ Fritsch, R. M.; N. Friesen (2002). "Chapter 1: Evolution, Domestication, and Taxonomy". In H. D. Rabinowitch and L. Currah (ed.). Allium Crop Science: Recent Advances. Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 0-85199-510-1.
  2. ^ "Allium ascalonicum". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  3. ^ Block, E. (2010). Garlic and Other Alliums: The Lore and the Science. Royal Society of Chemistry. ISBN 978-0-85404-190-9.
  4. ^ "AllergyNet — Allergy Advisor Find". Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2010.

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