Used in soups, salads and stir-fry, good-quality leeks will have bright white bulb-ends with dark green leaves. They will be straight, thick-leafed and very crisp.
Avoid product with yellow, brown, wilted or slime-spotted tops. Bulbs ends that are very large are overmature.Available year-round peaking in September and November and again in the Spring. Washington leeks are available nearly year-round, except during May.
Relished throughout Europe, leeks are the national emblem of Wales. They have been cultivated for so long that their beginnings are uncertain.
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