Leeks belong to the onion family and look a bit like a huge spring onion, with a mild onion flavour. Leeks are a good source of folate, a source of dietary fibre, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and contain a dietary significant amount of potassium. They contain phytonutrients, including carotenoids and phenolic compounds.
Fun Fact – Leeks have been the national emblem of Wales since 640 AD when, according to legend, the Welsh army defeated the invading Saxons because the men attached leeks to their hats.
Refrigerate in plastic bags to keep leeks firm and lasting longer.
Trim the root end and trim off the green tops – leaving about 10 cm of green. Braise, boil, microwave, steam, or stew.
As leeks are from the onion family, they can be used to give a mild onion-type taste in recipes, both raw and cooked.