- We grow several varieties of leeks that mature over the fall and winter seasons. We also enjoy leek scapes (like garlic scapes) and leek flowers in the spring.
Store leeks in the coldest part of refrigerator which is usually the bottom crisper drawer. Leeks can be hard to clean! Cut them in half lengthwise, keeping the root in tact. Run water over the whole leek rifling through the layers to give them a good rinse. If needed, do this a couple of times to make sure all of the fine silt is removed.
Leeks can be easily frozen for later use in soups, stews or casseroles. After cleaning, place cut leeks on a clean, dry towel and allow them to air dry. Flash freeze by placing them on a sheet tray in a single layer until just frozen. Placing a sheet of waxed paper on the tray before spreading out the leeks can make transfer once frozen a little easier.
Leeks are a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron and Magnesium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.
- The leek is associated with the Welsh Saint David. It was claimed that girls who slept with a leek under their pillow on St David’s Day would see their future husband in their dreams.
- Leeks are one of the easiest plants to grow in your home garden.