Shallot, a perennial herbaceous plant native to western Asia. In the United States, the shallot is grown mainly in southern Louisiana. This plant has slender, green, tubular leaves and an underground bulb made up of separable, oblong sections called cloves. The cloves are used for flavoring in cooking and in pickling. The shallot is closely related to the onion but is milder in taste.
The shallot is Allium ascalonicum of the lily family, Liliaceae.Shallots have green, tubular leaves and a bulb similar to the onion.