Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Shallot (Allium ascalonicum), a hardy perennial species of onion, native of Palestine, and especially of the neighbourhood of Ascalon, of which its name is a corruption. It was introduced into England in 1548, and is milder in flavour than the onion. Its bulbs divide into "cloves," as in garlic. They are largely piokled in vinegar.