Shallot Roderique forms a long, banana-shaped shallot used in many French dishes. Produces attractive, shiny, copper brown-skinned bulbs with crisp white flesh. It has a distinct flavour and stores well for winter use in the kitchen.
Delicious as the base of many French gravies.
Seed harvested and dried April 2022.
Sow – July to September in a tray in a warm spot (cool climate). Plant out in September if sown July/Aug. Harvest at size you like (around January or February in a cool cliimate)
Spacing – 10cm plants, 30cm rows
Because the wild onion is extinct and ancient records of using onions span western and eastern Asia, the geographic origin of the onion is uncertain, although domestication likely took place in Southwest or Central Asia. Onions have been variously described as having originated in Iran, western Pakistan and Central Asia.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 22 to 24 C (around 10-14 days to germination)