My 8 year old requested me to buy leeks this week. Oh my, that was a new request. She wanted to tell her dad there was a leek in the sink! We all did enjoy this potato leek soup recipe for dinner.
Leeks, like garlic and onions, are part of the vegetable family called the Allium vegetables. The main edible portion of the vegetable is the stem or the stalk, which is a bundle of leaf sheaths with a white onion base. They have a mild onion like taste and are crunchy and firm when eaten raw.
Since leeks are related to garlic and onions, they contain compounds found in these well-researched, health-promoting vegetables. Leeks contain flavonoid antioxidants, minerals,that are essential for optimum health. Consumption of the vegetable has been shown to considerably decrease the risk of colon and prostate cancer. Studies have also shown that the vegetable is beneficial in the prevention of ovarian cancer in females. A good source of dietary fiber, leeks energizes the human body to support healthy functions like digestion and metabolism.
- Before cutting the vegetable, slice away the rootlets and some section of the green tops. Also, remove the outer layer of the vegetable.
- Complete and thorough cleaning of the vegetable is very important to dirt that might have accumulated in the different overlapping layers of the vegetable.