Shallots are members of the Allium (or onion) family and have a distinctive yet delicate flavor somewhere between garlic and onion.
Three varieties of shallots are available- red, greenish white, and purple which is considered the best.
Cooking with Shallots
Selecting and Storing Shallot
Choose dry-skinned shallots that are plump and firm; there should be no sign of wrinkling or sprouting. Refrigerate fresh shallots for up to a week.