Become a Market Insider     


Jan 24, 2017

Leeks are one of the oldest vegetables, but that doesn't mean that they can't add a unique flavor to your dishes.

Availability & Origin
These vegetables are available year-round, but they peak during late winter and early spring. The top three producing countries are Indonesia, Turkey, and Belgium. The top producing states in the U.S. are California, New Jersey, Michigan, and Virginia.

Appearance & Flavor
Their long, cylindrical stem closely resembles that of a scallion. This stem is white at the root and grows more green the closer to the top you look. Leek leaves are stiff and have a blue-green hue. 

To get up to a week from your leeks, wrap them tightly in plastic and store them in the refrigerator.

Ways to Enjoy
Enjoy them raw in your salads and dips or cooked in your soups, casseroles, and sauces. Try this leek dish and switch things up at your dinner table.

Remember how we said the leek is one of the oldest vegetables? Well, the oldest cookbook from Roman times-written by Apicus around the 3rd century-mentioned the leek. Fun fact: The Roman Emperor Nero's love of leeks was said to be so outrageous that he was given the nickname of Poropahgus, meaning "leek-eater."

Leave a comment

Submitting your question!
Our team of fresh produce experts have produce buying down to a science, which is why we call them Buy-ologists. They are at the source, acting as your eyes and ears in the field at every major agricultural growing region, comparing price and quality to get you the best deal.
Whether you need reliable market information or a mixed load, we are here to help!
Fill out the form below and an Amerifresh Buy-ologist will get back to you within 24 hours.
Select a valid category
Enter a valid email
Enter a valid phone number