Enjoy the versatility and taste of British Leeks

This season we have partnered with our first ever leek ambassador Julie Cleijne, CEO of Sustainable Kitchen Consultants. Julie has created a suite of delicious leek-based recipes that minimise waste, are cost effective and celebrate seasonal British ingredients.

Who's who

The Casey family

Read all about the people who grow our favourite vegetable. This is Mervyn and Marilyn Casey’s family, who have grown leeks at their farm in Lincolnshire since 1970. Find out more about the Caseys and other members of the Leek Grower's Association by clicking here.

Did you know?

Emperor Nero

The Romans considered the leek a superior vegetable and Emperor Nero ate so many he gained the nickname Porophagus (leek eater). He is reported to have thought eating leeks would improve his singing voice!! Check out our fun facts section

Tips from the experts

Roasted cauliflower and leek soup

Char-grilled, roasted, poached, braised, pan fried or cooked in a wok, you know you can always whip up a quick dish that is tasty, healthy and wholesome as well as bursting with flavour. Click here to find out how to select, store and prepare leeks.

What the top chefs say

Julie Cleijne

Julie Cleijne: "British leeks are one of Britain’s most nutritious and yet underused and appreciated vegetables. Mother Nature provides us with leeks for nine months of the year – so she’s surely trying to tell us that we need to be eating them more often."

Lucy Parker

Lucy Parker: "Eating seasonally is something that has beocme really important to me. Leeks are extremely versatile, and can be used for a bit of crunch, or in other cases create a beautifully creamy element to a dish."

Laura Graham

Laura Graham: "I love the versatility and suble onion-like lift that leeks give to dishes. Rather underrated, we should try and include the humble leek in more of our day to day recipes."

Christine Bailey

Christine Bailey: "Not only are leeks packed with essential vitamins and minerals they are rich in specific health promoting antioxidants and particular types of fibre known to promote a healthy gut."

Katriona MacGregor

Katriona MacGregor: "It’s a joy to cook and eat together and to nourish yourself and your family with healthful, seasonal recipes that have the power to make you feel healthy, well and energised."

Liz Earle

Liz Earle: "“Leeks are very rich in sulphur, and therefore great for detoxing."

Dominic Franks

Dominic Franks: "I've always loved leeks. They can add both a gentle, sweet flavour to dishes whilst also having a pungent kick, which makes them so versatile."

Sophie Wright

Sophie Wright, 'The Commuter's Chef': "I love to cook with seasonal British ingredients, especially ones as well priced and versatile as leeks. Packed with vital nutrients they are a vegetable we should all be consuming more of."

Larkin Cen

Larkin Cen, MasterChef 2014 finalist: "British Leeks are great and we should use them more! They are so versatile, the opportunities to cook them are limitless."

Jane Hornby

Jane Hornby, chef & author: "I'm a huge fan of British leeks - great value for family cooking, leeks are an easy way to add home-grown flavour to your favourite meals."

Sarah Schenker

Dr Sarah Schenker, nutritionist: "Leeks are a versatile way to boost the immune system and add flavour, as well as contributing to the essential five-a-day."

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