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Leek

Kurrat, Cebollin

Amaryllidaceae Allium ampeloprasum L. (Leek group)

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This onion relative differs from onion in having flat leaves instead of tubular and relatively little bulb development. Leaves are smooth, about 0.5-inch wide and 10 inches long. Plants are grown from seed and usually are started in beds for later field planting. Plants are usually blanched by building up soil against them as they grow in the field, but are also grown without blanching. The thick leaf bases and slightly developed bulb, appearing similar to "green" onions, are eaten as a cooked vegetable with or without attached leaves. The green leaves are also eaten and have a pungent odor and acrid taste. They are used in flavoring in culinary, cookery and in salads.


Season, seed to harvest: About 6 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. A minor crop in the U.S.

Use: For flavoring cooked dishes, and in salads.

Part of plant consumed: Leaves and bulb.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch