As I was going through my garden after work yesterday, I noticed what appeared to be small, light-colored onion domes sticking out of the middle of my largest shallots. Upon taking a closer look, and to my surprise, they were scapes or seed pods! Has anyone in here seen them before? Is it common?
I planted a pound of these (Sante shallots) in the fall, and they've done exceptionally well to this point. The ones with the scapes are easily the largest I have - the leaves are about 20" high or so and they have really thick necks.
This is only the second time I've planted shallots - the first time being a spring planting last year that resulted in a resonable harvest of fairly small shallots. Should I treat these like I would garlic scapes, I.e. cut them off and use them in a recipe? Is this a sign that the shallot bulbs themselves might not store very well, or is it perfectly normal?