The edible portions of the Leek are the white onion base and light green stalk. The onion like layers form around a core. The tender core may be eaten, but as the leek ages the core becomes woody. Leeks are an essential ingredient of cock-a-leekie and vichyssoise. They can also be used raw in salads, doing especially well when they are the prime ingredient.
If leeks are to be added to a dryish dish, par boil them for 4 minutes first, otherwise they are likely to be too dry.
How much does one cup of leeks weigh?
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Seasonal Information: Leeks
This information is specifically for countries in the northern temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere; particularly the United Kingdom, however it should be applicable for northern USA, northern Europe, Canada, Russia, etc.
Leeks are at their best and in season during the following months: September, October, November, December, January, February & March.
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