Although they're thought of as a winter vegetable, leeks are usually available all year round. Sometimes they are hard to get between November and February.
Storage and Handling
Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Leeks are thought of as native to Central Asia and have been cultivated in this region and Europe for thousands of years. Leeks have been the national emblem of Wales since 640 AD when, according to legend, the Welsh defeated the invading Saxons because they had leeks attached to their hats. The leeks prevented them from attacking each other by mistake!
- Leeks belong to the onion family, look a bit like a huge spring onion and have a mild onion flavour
- Miniature leeks are sometimes available
- Plant leeks in August through to April
- Leeks like moist, loose soil
- Leeks are relatively easy to grow throughout New Zealand
Leeks are a source of dietary fibre, folate, thiamine (vitamin B1) and vitamin B6.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.