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Growing LeeksGrowing Leeks

In traditional medicine, leeks have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including sore throats, gout and kidney stones.  Because they contain Potassium - one leek contains the equivalent of an eighth of an adults daily needs of the mineral - leeks encourage the efficient functioning of the kidneys and are an effective diuretic.  A useful source of folate too, one cooked leek will contain one third of an adult's recommended daily need.

The Leek

The leek is a vegetable that belongs, along with onion and garlic, to the genus Allium, currently placed in family Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Allioideae. Historically many scientific names were used for leeks, which are now treated as cultivars of Allium ampeloprasum.  The edible part of the leek plant is a bundle of leaf sheaths that is sometimes erroneously called a stem or stalk.  Sown outdoors early spring this versatile produce can be harvested young in early autumn and goes right round till March to has a long life in the ground and enables growers to have supplies all over winter.

Benefits of Leeks

  • Useful source of potassium and folate

Drawback

  • May cause flatulence
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