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Q.Why Didn’t Most Of My Shallots Produce Brown Skin?

Zone Piney Creek, NC 28663 | HRALMOND added on July 7, 2023 | Answered

I dug shallots as directed, when stems dying and falling over. However, most do not have a good layer of brown skin on outside. Some is showing, but all photos I’ve seen seem to show a lot more like the ones I buy in store. Thanks so much!

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Answered on July 7, 2023

Many times, this can indicate some, less than ideal, conditions during growth. This can include temperature, humidity, or air circulation issues.

Alternatively, this can be due to something unrelated to problems. Sometimes, this can simply be due to the variety of shallot that you have. It is important to note that the absence of a brown skin layer does not necessarily indicate a problem with the shallots. As long as the shallots are firm, plump, and free from mold or rot, they should still be suitable for consumption.


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