Leek belongs to the lily family and does not have a bulb but a bundle of leaf sheaths. Summer leek has a long, white stem with pale green foliage. The winter leek has a short, white stem with dark green foliage. Leek has a slightly bitter flavour.
Leek – Fresh from Pfalzmarkt
Leek is usually served boiled or steamed, but can also be eaten raw in salads. The vegetable is ideally suited for use in soups, stews or bakes. Together with a tasty sauce, it makes an ideal accompaniment to flash-fried meat. It is used as soup greens in combination with carrots and celeriac.
The leaf tips should be fresh and upright in a fanned arrangement, the shaft must be firm and the root white. Leek stays fresh for around one week in the crisper drawer of the fridge.