How to cook Leeks
Wash leeks thoroughly, making sure to get between the layers. You can then chop them up and steam, boil, braise, roast, stir-fry or sauté them. Leeks are often used as a base ingredient in soups and stews, along with carrots, onion and celery. The green tops of the young plant are much milder in flavour and can be shredded raw into salads.
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WHAT ARE LEEKS?
Leeks are a vegetable of the allium plant family, which also includes onions and garlic. They’re great used as an alternative to onions, and are especially good cooked down slowly and stirred through pasta, or served with vinegary, tangy flavours (such as the classic dish leeks vinaigrette).
WHEN ARE LEEKS IN SEASON?
Leeks are in season from August to April.
HOW TO STORE LEEKS
Leeks can be kept in a cool dark place, but they will keep for longer in the fridge.
What are the health benefits?
Leeks are a great source of vitamin B6, which helps our nervous system to work properly so we can touch, taste, see and smell.