Shallots are a great health benefit as they are a rich source of nutrients and vitamins which are essential for good health, vitality and nutrition. Many people prefer Shallots to onions as they taste milder than onions.
Shallots can be cooked in different ways - grilled Shallots, roast Shallots, baked Shallots, fried Shallots, blanched Shallots, caramelized Shallots, pickled or boiled Shallots. Over cooking this vegetable will cause it to lose some of its health benefits, vitamins and nutrients, so it is important to use the right cooking method and not to over cook the vegetable.
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Shallots provide our bodies with excellent health benefits as they are very good for the blood and help the body to fight against heart disease. This is a healthy vegetable as it belongs to the onion family and the allium family.

This types of vegetable benefit the body with essentials vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin B & C, as well as calcium, iron and potassium. A anticoagulant known as Cycloallin is also contained within Shallots and this is what helps to protect our bodies and health against heart disease.

The Shallot vegetable helps to strengthen the immune system which is very beneficial to our health as it helps us to fight against everyday colds and flu, as well as other illnesses and more major health conditions and diseases.

Shallots are
low in calories, and they are good, healthy vegetable with lots of beneficial nutrients. The amount of calories in a Shallot depends on the way that the vegetable is cooked, for example, if the Shallots is baked, grilled, roasted, steamed or boiled. The following calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of calories in Shallots.

There are approximately 19 calories in 100 grams of boiled Shallots

Shallots belong to the onion family and are sometimes confused with baby onions but are in fact a completely separate member of the onion family. Most onions have a very strong, pungent taste and smell. However, the shallot is quite a different vegetable and makes a very good onion substitute. This is because the shallot has a milder and more refined flavor but still has a distinctive taste.

If you need to decide whether to cook with shallots or onion, often you will find that if a recipe states that just a little onion is needed, then the shallot will make an excellent substitute.

The Shallot belongs to the Allium Family
Shallots, like the onion, belongs to the Allium family. Other vegetables / edible eating plants that also belong to the Allium family, alongside Shallots include garlic, chives and leeks, all of which are provide many benefits to our health.

Shallot Storage
Shallot storage - this particular vegetable can be stored for a number of months in a cool dry place before eating.

Shallots Substitutes Onion Well and are Excellent for Making Sauces

Shallots are excellent for making sauces as they are easily dissolvable into liquids which makes this vegetable tasty and preferable to use. Shallots were credited by the Romans many years ago and they too favored them in sauces. There are many different cooking methods for Shallots including boiling, frying, roasting, baking, sautéing, *sweating and caramelising.

* Sweating is a cooking method where the Shallots are fried in a little fat with the lid on.

Varieties and Types of Healthy Shallots
There are a few varieties of Shallot which are known by different names including the Banana Shallot which is the largest sized shallot, Green Shallot, French Grey Shallot or Griselle Genus Allium Oschaninii, Pink Shallot or Jersey Shallot.

Shallots are small in size and have golden, copper colored skin, otherwise known as outer leaves. This vegetable is grown in tight clusters which means that often there are two or three grouped together at the root so when the shallot is broken open, there will often be more than one shallot inside. Just like onions, shallots have to be peeled in the same way in preparation for eating.

Shallots are fine in flavor and offer a wonderful but equally as healthy, alternative substitute to onions. There are different varieties of this slender vegetable, however, often there will be just one variety available in the supermarket. The shallot varieties may differ in size or color but the delightful taste is never compromised!

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