Leeks

Allium ampeloprasum

 

Perennial Vegetable – Allium Family

Late Summer > Cold Hardy over Winter Varieties

 

Edible Flower

 

The tiny white flowers are beautiful as a garnish with a light oniony flavour profile.

I like to watch vegetables complete their full life cycle; I have always let a few leeks go to flower & seed. 

 

Leeks ~ How to cut + cook + eat.

 

Leeks are a member of the Allium family – the onion family.  They have a much milder and sweeter flavour than an onion.  The long white bulb and the tender inner portion of the green tops are also edible.  The dark blue-green tops – called the flag is tough and best used to flavour stocks and soups bases.

 

Leeks are high in fibre and essential vitamins + minerals.

 

CUT + WASH 

Dirt collects around the layers where the flag top begins.  Wash, rinse the whole leek then;

1 – Chop off the long blue-green flags & set them aside.

2 – Slice the top half of the leek lengthwise – leaving the white bottom uncut + as is.

3 – Wash between the layers of the cut top half – you can see where the soil has collected.

4 – Chop off the root end – also save for stock.

5 – Chop, slice or dice according to your recipe.

 

Use root end + top leaf flag tough for stock or add flavour to braises, stews & soups – discard before serving.

 

COOK + EAT

Saute medium-low heat with a splash of olive oil – I like to partially cover leeks to help draw out all those lovely sweet flavours – they will soften as and become juicier as they cook down – then proceed with your recipe.   

Use this method when cooking leeks for soups, stews, quiches, pies, risottos, vegetables and warm salads. 

 

 

Roast & Braises – long pieces of leeks soften & sweeten beautifully when braised – potatoes & leeks braised in apple cider are a firm favourite.

 

 

STORE

Wash – cut off top leaf flag. Spread trimmed leeks out on a dishtowel in a single layer, then roll up dish towel – store in your crisp fridge draw or put a towel in a bag or container in the fridge—store leaf flag with your stock scrap bag or compost.

 

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