(Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum)
A close relative of the onion but with a bundled sheath of leaves instead of a stem or bulb. It is a symbol of pride in Welsh culture. Once said to be worn in a soldier’s hats to distinguish themselves from the enemy.
The Leek has a more subtle and sweeter flavour than standard onions so are an appealing alternative. Herbs such as chervil, parsley, sage, thyme and basil are all complimentary food partners.
Leeks are a very good source of manganese, vitamins B6 and C, folate and iron. Leek and potato is a classic among soups. Braised leeks with fennel make a delicious side dish for fish, poultry or steak. They should be cooked until tender. Their nutrient combination makes them helpful in stabilizing blood sugar. Once revered by the ancient Greeks and Romans for their beneficial effects upon the throat. Leeks have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic and anti arthritic properties.
Leeks prefer an open sunny site. They require a moderately rich, fertile free draining slightly alkaline soil.
Harvest early when they are the size of a pencil or can be thinned and grown to a larger size. Regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed keep the plant healthy and producing well.
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