Allium cepa var. aggregatum. Sow Ambition shallot seeds for nice, large French shallots that are nearly round, but with slight shoulders. Ambition has a lovely delicate flavour that comes to life when saut̩ed in butter. Medium brown skins cover crisp white flesh in 5cm (2″) bulbs or larger. Well cured shallots can store well for three to six months, so this is an extra economical crop. Grow more than you plan to use at harvest time. When the necks of your shallot plants begin to fall over, gently pull up the bulbs and let them rest on their sides in the garden for three or four days. Then bring them indoors to an airy room away from direct sunlight and let them cure for two to three weeks. Once no more green can be seen on the leaves or stems, trim the roots off with scissors and sever the stem an inch from the top of each bulb. Store in a cool, dark place in mesh bags or similar.