Leeks

 

Storage

Leeks will exude an aroma that can be absorbed by other things in your refrigerator, so to store them before cooking, wrap in plastic bag to contain the odour and moisture. Do not trim or wash before storing. Store in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. If you’d like to store them longer, pack them into moist sand and keep in a cool (not freezing) location.


Nutrition

Since leeks are related to garlic and onions, they contain many of the same beneficial compounds found in these well-researched, health-promoting vegetables. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin C as well as iron and fibre.

Varieties we grow:

King Richard





History

Leeks are often associated with Wales. It began in 640 AD when Welsh soldiers wore pieces of leek in their helmets to distinguish themselves from their Saxon foes in battle. Even today the leek is worn as the national "flower" of Wales on St. David's day, but the vegetable has a much longer history. Leeks date back to the early Bronze Age, around 4000 BC. It is said they were part of the diet of those who built the Egyptian pyramids. And Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed the leek as a cure for nosebleeds.


Recipes

To clean leeks halve them lengthwise along the shank. Run water in between all the layers to remove any trapped sand. Leeks are ideal in sauces, dressed vegetable dishes, soups, casseroles and stir-fries.

A Few Quick Serving Ideas:

  1. Add finely chopped leeks to salads.

  2. Add leeks to broth and stews for extra flavouring.

  3. Add sliced leeks to your favourite omelet or frittata recipe.



Fun Leek Recipe slideshow

10 Leek Recipes