Shallots are a separate vegetable species from onions. However, shallots are related to onions since both onions and shallots are members of the allium family, which also includes garlic and leeks.
Shallots resemble garlic in appearance but have a darker outer skin that helps hold the shallots' clusters together. When cooked, shallots taste sweeter than garlic or onions. Shallots are usually planted in the fall and harvested during the following summer and fall months. When stored correctly, shallots usually stay good well into winter. Raw shallots go well with salad, while cooked shallots pair well with other vegetables and meat.