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Eschalote Grise Seeds
  • Eschalote Grise Seeds

Eschalote Grise

Intense and concentrated flavour, highly sought after in French cooking. Not a common shallot to be found on sale in the UK. Often referred to as a banana shallot due to its shape.

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    Allium cepa


    100 - 120 Days


    Hardy Annual

  • Plant Size

    Height Up To 45cm (17.7in) Spread Up To 10cm (3.9in)

  • Hardiness & Longevity

    Hardy Annual

  • Ideal For

    Kitchen Garden

  • Position In

    Full Sun


Eschalote Grise Onion Seeds

Often referred to as banana shallots due to the long nature of the mature bulb a highly sought after variety for french cooking and top chefs due to the intense flavour not to be missed. A unique shape compared to the more common red sun shallot it also has a flavour that makes it truly unique to all other shallots and definitely different to an onion!

Once you grow Eschalote Grise you will never want to go back to another shallot.

This is an old variety of shallot is often referred to as a grey shallot which is also known as Griselle, once fully mature the flesh is a pinky / purple colour and very firm to touch.

Great with fish or replace with any dish where a shallot is required is often used shallot vinegar for the powerful aromas it releases.

Common Questions

How long does it take Eschalote Grise Onions to grow from seed? Onion Seeds take about five months to fully mature, if you are growing onions for the first time it is usually recommended to grow from sets. Eschalote Grise Onion sets mature around 2 months and are less likely to catch diseases from your soil and insects.

Can you soak Eschalote Grise Onion seeds before planting out in the garden? Many gardeners believe that soaking Eschalote Grise Onion seeds before planting offers higher germination rates. Depending on the recommendations you can soak your onion seeds from 15 minutes to a few hours. Some keen growers recommend soaking your onion seeds in warm water or compost tea to help speed up germination.

Do Onions require full sun to grow from seeds? Onions require at least 13 hours of light on daily basis to form a bulb. To ensure you have an Onion Summer harvest you need to plant your Eschalote Grise Onions out as soon as your soil is movable in the Spring.

Sow and Harvest Times

Plant out:

Product Features

Germination Time
7 - 10 Days
Sowing Method
Direct to Ground
Days to Maturity
100 - 120 Days
Grow in Greenhouse
Optional, for Early Crop
Number of Seeds Per Packet
10 Bulbs
Recommended Soil pH
6.0 - 6.5
Suitble for Samll Space Gardening


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