BABY LEEKS

Baby leeks have a wonderfully subtle, sweet leek flavour and an attractive pale green colour. They are more tender than the larger variety.

Like onions, the leek is part of the lily family.

BABY LEEKS are classed as a vegetable.

Tips

The leek is a versatile vegetable which can be boiled, sauteed, oven baked or barbequed. Use in stir-fries, soups, salads, or simply as a vegetable accompaniment.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (boiled): energy 23 kcal, 95 kJ; protein 1.6g; carbohydrate 2.9g; fat 0.5g.

Preparation

Trim ends of leeks. Wash thoroughly to ensure no soil or grit is trapped between the layers. If using whole, place leeks upside down in a tall jug of water so that any dirt will float out.

Storage

Store in a refrigerator for up to 5 days, in the salad compartment.

Choosing

Good quality leeks should have clean, unblemished white bases with fresh green tops. Avoid leeks that are bruised, ragged or dry-looking.

Fun Fact

The name leek is a corruption of a Roman word loch, meaning any medicine that could be licked to cure a sore throat.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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Kenya
South Africa