Leeks are a Similar to Onions and a Great Flavoring Agent.
Leeks
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Leeks are very similar, culinarily, to Onions and in fact they are both in the same scientific family.

Season

Leeks are considered a Spring Vegetable but like Onions can continue growing and being harvested into the Fall.

Availability

Leeks are available year round.

Cultivation

Leeks grow in sandy soil.

Purchasing

Leeks more than about 1 1/2 inches wide tend to have tough inner cores making them less desirable. Avoid Leeks with wilted tops. Good Leeks should have top leaves that look green and fresh.

Storage

Store leeks refrigerated in a plastic bag. Leeks will 1-2 weeks refrigerated.

Culinary Uses

Because Leeks grow in the ground they need to be carefully cleaned before use to remove dirt and debris.

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 oz of Leek per person.

Substitutes

Green Onions

Nutritional Value USDA
LEEKS,(BULB&LOWER LEAF-PORTION),RAW
Amount Per 100g
Calories 61
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 20mg
3%
Potassium 180mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 14g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Leeks are a good source of Vitamin AVitamin B6, and Vitamin C. They are also a good source of Fiber and Iron.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes