Leek is a vegetable that is a close relative of onion, garlic, elephant garlic and kurrat. The ‘stem’ or ‘stalk’ of leek is actually a bundle of leaf sheaths, which makes it a leaf vegetable.
Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum
Asperge du pauvre
Basic information and facts
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Leeks are perennial but are usually grown as an annual.
Climate and weather:
Leek is a temperate vegetable.
Leek needs cross pollination by insects such as bees, bumble bees and hoverflies.
Leek is grown from seeds.
Leek moth, Onion fly
Cut the plant at the base of the ‘stalk’.
Leek is usually cooked as a vegetable or in soups, but can also be eaten raw, for example in salads.