An ancient vegetable of the onion family. Leeks look like very overgrown green onions and are mild in flavor. They must be thoroughly washed to remove the dirt that collects between the leaf layers. They are an important ingredient in Vichyssoise.
Sweet, moderately flavored member of the onion family, long and cylindrical in shape with a pale white root and dark green leaves. LENTILS: Small, disk-shaped dried legumes, prized for their rich, earthy flavor when cooked.
a member of the lily family (Allium porrum); has a thick, cylindrical white stalk with a slightly bulbous root end and many flat, dull dark green leaves; the tender white stalk has a flavor that is sweeter and stronger than a scallion but milder than an onion and is used in salads and as a flavoring.
The leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum (L.) J. Gay) is a vegetable belonging, with onion and garlic, to the Alliaceae, the onion family. Also in this species are two very different vegetables: the elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum) grown for its bulbs, and kurrat which is grown for its leaves in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.
A prolific Belgian winter ground cover, miniature forests of which can be seen in allotments and backyards. Comes in two forms, fat and skinny. Belgian fanaticism over leeks makes the Welsh look like rank amateurs.