The Good Luck Leek
If you’re looking to start eating out of your garden, one of the easiest vegetables for a novice gardener to grow is the leek.
Originally from central Asia, the leek has been consumed since ancient times. It was eaten by the Egyptians, the Ancient Greeks, and the Romans. During the middle ages, the cultivation of the leek was introduced to Europe, where it has remained a staple in cuisine since. It even appears in the national emblem of Wales, and is a staple of the country’s national folklore (and a symbol of good luck).
The leek is also a superfood, high in not only fiber but also in heart protecting substances such as flavonoids and polyphenols, which help to prevent our blood vessels from damage, and folate, a B vitamin which also supports our cardiovascular system.
But, best of all, the leek is incredibly versatile. The leek is part of the Allium genus, which also encompasses shallots, chives, onions, and garlic. With a more subtle and refined taste than the stronger flavored onion, leeks can add more depth to the flavor of many dishes, without overwhelming the palate.
Luckily, The Old School’s rotating menu is now featuring leeks from Farm and Fiddle, so you can see for yourself what all the fuss is. Come check out the hyper seasonal menu at The Old School Farm to Table restaurant while the leeks last!