Originated in Asia, the shallot is a bulbous vegetable of the Allium family and contains numerous vitamins and minerals like potassium, phosphorus, thiamin, folic acid, calcium, copper, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and anti-oxidants. A perennial plant known for its numerous health benefits.
Studies have shown that the consumption of shallot is beneficial for the body, it fights against heart disease, when consumed weekly it reduces the risk of various cancers like stomach cancer, prevents diabetes, heart attack, stroke, maintains a healthy skin, promotes normal brain function and thus preventing diseases like alzheimer’s, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, shallots also contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties, it also controls blood sugar levels.
Shallot is popularly used as a spice in a variey of dishes, many persons considerd it to be a multipurpose herb, a vegetable grown in clusters, the flavour of shallot is breathtaking and it can be found in many varieties.
Many people substitute onions for shallot because it gives a completely different taste and because it contains less water than onions, it takes a few minutes longer to cook.
Shallots are also known to be more digestible and is the same size as garlic and is grown in the ground and is cultivated all over the world. Shallots are available canned, pickled, powdered, frozen or fresh at supermarkets across the world.
The consumption of shallots is also known to prevent constipation and lower cholesterol, it can be diced and added to fruits and vegetables, sandwiches or other dishes of choice.
In a world where obesity is increasingly becoming widespread, it is of great importance to consume a healthy diet daily along with exercise and adding vegetables to this daily diet, will lead you on a path to a healthier body and longer life.