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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DID YOU KNOW?
Leeks are a vegetable of the Allium plant family, which includes onions and garlic.
The Roman emperor Nero was reportedly a big fan of leeks as he believed eating them would improve his singing voice. As a result, he was nicknamed Porrophagus, which means ‘leek eater’.
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.