The leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum (L.) is a vegetable belonging, along with the onion and garlic, to the Alliaceae family, but the flavor is much more refined, subtle, and sweet than the standard onion.
Leeks are one of those vegetables that need to be cooked before eating as raw leek is very hard to digest.
Since leeks are related to garlic and onions, they contain many of the same beneficial compounds found in these well researched, health promoting vegetables. A high intake of allium vegetables has been shown to reduce total cholesterol and LDL, or "bad" cholesterol levels, while at the same time raising HDL, or "good" cholesterol levels. The allium family have anti bacterial properties. They are a source of iron, vitamin B6 and folate.
If you are struggling to know what to do with your leek, Marley Spoon sends tasty recipes and fresh ingredients directly to your door, making it easy to cook a delicious meal at home. You can also buy your fresh leek from Woolworths.
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