Leek

Leeks are related to onions, scallions, shallots, and garlic but have a sweeter and more delicate taste. Their subtle flavor adds a mild punch to recipes without overshadowing other ingredients. Leeks from Holland are especially delicious due to the growing conditions in their native country. Holland leeks are cleaner, fresher, and have a flavor second to none. One cup of leeks packs only about 50 calories and is a good source of iron and Vitamin C. Characterized by a long, thick stem and bulbous roots, leeks are topped off by broad flat green leaves. A member of the Allium family, leeks are believed to help in the reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol ) while raising HDL (good cholesterol). An essential ingredient in soups or salads, leeks have been popular for thousands of years.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 cup, 89 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 54
  • Calories from fat: 2
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 18mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.6g
    • Fiber: 1.6g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Vitamin A: 30%
  • Vitamin C: 18%
  • Calcium: 5%
  • Iron: 10%

Availability

Handling & Storage

Varieties

Available year round

Also Known As

  • summer leeks
  • overwintering leeks

Store around 34°F. Leeks should be cleaned thoroughly because the leaves retain mud and grit once they are harvested. They can be placed in cool water for about 15 minutes to help eliminate the soil.

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