Shallots are considered members of the onion family, but are smaller than onions and look more like garlic. Inside, they do not have concentric structures like onions, but are sectioned into cloves like garlic. The white flesh can have either red or purple streaks similar to a red or purple onion. Shallots are strong, rich-tasting and reminiscent of both onions and garlic. They are also sometimes known as eschallots.
Shallots are rich in flavonols and polyphenolic compounds, which are actually in higher quantities in them than in onions and garlic. Furthermore, they also contain dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C, potassium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and manganese.