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Old 06.05.2012, 18:09
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Eschallotten - The conspiracy and lies

This is the run-down:
  • So I needed scallions for a recipe.
  • But along the way to the Migros I forgot I needed scallions, but thought I needed shallots.
  • So I bought some shallots.
  • Then at home I realized I totally screwed up and that scallions are not shallots.
  • Well, I found a recipe that required shallots and when life gives you shallots, make shallotaid!
  • Except that when I opened these Eschallotten, they turned out to be garlic in disguise as shallots.
  • I have no idea what they are. They look like shallots, they peel like shallots but inside each there are 4+ "garlic cloves. They make for a really hot garlic so I can't use them for anything as they're too potent.

The bag says they are Eschallotten. Wiki says that that means shallots. These are not shallots.

What the heck did I buy?
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Old 06.05.2012, 18:18
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Re: Eschallotten - The conspiracy and lies

Well you didnt buy what you wanted thats for sure. Otherwise maybe they are shallots but different type?
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Re: Eschallotten - The conspiracy and lies

Shallots can have cloves.
Google pictures should give you the answer to your mystery. If you could show what you have bought, we could compare.
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Old 06.05.2012, 18:22
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Re: Eschallotten - The conspiracy and lies

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Well you didnt buy what you wanted thats for sure. Otherwise maybe they are shallots but different type?
I remember years ago I bought a bag of pears in Toronto and in one of the pears looked a bit different then the rest. Cut into it to find it was full of these yellow mushy seeds and weird liquid. Couldn't figure out for the life of me if it was real or whether it was some pear that was infested by some larvae of a moth.

Took me a year before I learn't that it was actually a passion fruit!


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Shallots can have cloves.
Google pictures should give you the answer to your mystery. If you could show what you have bought, we could compare.
What? Really? I've never seen them with cloves. Which makes me wonder what the heck I was buying back home then? Looking at the pictures (I searched before but didn't search with shallot cloves) yeah actually that looks about right.
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Old 06.05.2012, 18:32
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What? Really? I've never seen them with cloves. Which makes me wonder what the heck I was buying back home then? Looking at the pictures (I searched before but didn't search with shallot cloves) yeah actually that looks about right.
Some do, some don't.

The long, thin ones usually don't, the shorter, more bulby ones usually do.

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This is the run-down:
  • So I needed scallions for a recipe.
  • But along the way to the Migros I forgot I needed scallions, but thought I needed shallots.
  • So I bought some shallots.
  • Then at home I realized I totally screwed up and that scallions are not shallots.
  • Well, I found a recipe that required shallots and when life gives you shallots, make shallotaid!
  • Except that when I opened these Eschallotten, they turned out to be garlic in disguise as shallots.
  • I have no idea what they are. They look like shallots, they peel like shallots but inside each there are 4+ "garlic cloves. They make for a really hot garlic so I can't use them for anything as they're too potent.

The bag says they are Eschallotten. Wiki says that that means shallots. These are not shallots.

What the heck did I buy?
Maybe take a picture of scallions on your next shopping trip to show the people at the store?
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Re: Eschallotten - The conspiracy and lies

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Maybe take a picture of scallions on your next shopping trip to show the people at the store?
Or look for Spring Onions, which is what they're called in UK English and is more often used here if translated. I note that Google translate does wrongly translate scallion to échalote too, whereas they're usually referred to as... Oignons de Printemps (in France). Google also returns many hits for Frühling Zwiebel, which suggests that German also uses the same term.
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Old 07.05.2012, 12:15
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Google also returns many hits for Frühling Zwiebel, which suggests that German also uses the same term.
Funny enough, in German, scallions may be called Winterzwiebeln OR Frühlingszwiebeln (and a few other names too), but Frühlingszwiebeln is the most frequently used term and always understood.
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Old 07.05.2012, 19:17
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Re: Eschallotten - The conspiracy and lies

Believe me, it can be hard enough to get the right thing even when you do speak the local language.

Within the British Isles, the name for spring onions varies across regions (spring onion, jibbons, scallions, escallions, salad onions...).

And if you ask for "spring onions" you can get anything from what I would call spring onions (allium fistulosum), to young spanish onions (allium cepa cepa), shallots (allium cepa aggregatum), or even wild garlic (allium ursinum). And then there's the hybrids of those....

Good job they're all tasty, then!
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Believe me, it can be hard enough to get the right thing even when you do speak the local language.

Within the British Isles, the name for spring onions varies across regions (spring onion, jibbons, scallions, escallions, salad onions...).

And if you ask for "spring onions" you can get anything from what I would call spring onions (allium fistulosum), to young spanish onions (allium cepa cepa), shallots (allium cepa aggregatum), or even wild garlic (allium ursinum). And then there's the hybrids of those....

Good job they're all tasty, then!
What a lovely idea for a complaints thread! The lack of use of Latin names for products!
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This is the run-down:
  • So I needed scallions for a recipe.
  • But along the way to the Migros I forgot I needed scallions, but thought I needed shallots.
  • So I bought some shallots.
  • Then at home I realized I totally screwed up and that scallions are not shallots.
  • Well, I found a recipe that required shallots and when life gives you shallots, make shallotaid!
  • Except that when I opened these Eschallotten, they turned out to be garlic in disguise as shallots.
  • I have no idea what they are. They look like shallots, they peel like shallots but inside each there are 4+ "garlic cloves. They make for a really hot garlic so I can't use them for anything as they're too potent.

The bag says they are Eschallotten. Wiki says that that means shallots. These are not shallots.

What the heck did I buy?
You know what my son would say? "Fail of the day"
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Old 07.05.2012, 20:05
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What a lovely idea for a complaints thread! The lack of use of Latin names for products!
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Linnaeus had a point, I guess.
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Re: Eschallotten - The conspiracy and lies

They are very popular in Spain and I discovered then for the first time this year. They even have a festival for them and they cook it on the grill and it is delicious!!
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