Farm Star Living

Health Benefits:

Anti-viral qualities
Detoxifying effects
Prevents sinusitis

Nutrition:

Serving size: 1 cup chopped; Calories: 54; Fat: .3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 18mg; Carbs: 13g; Fiber: .2g; Sugars: 3.5g; Protein: 1.3g; Vitamin A: 29%DV; Vitamin C: 17%DV; Calcium: 5%DV; Iron: 10%DV

Did You Know?

  • Leeks are low-cal and a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber
  • Leeks are related to garlic, onions, shallots, and scallions
  • Leeks were prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans and were especially revered for their beneficial effect upon the throat. Aristotle credited the clear voice of the partridge to a diet of leeks, while the Roman emperor Nero supposedly ate leeks everyday to make his voice stronger.

Ways to Eat:

  • Sauteed
  • Finely chopped in salads
  • Pureed with cooked potatoes to make a soup

Farming Trivia:

  • The Romans considered leeks royal food because it was Emperor Nero’s favorite food
  • Most leeks come from Michigan, California and Virginia and they are available year around in super markets
  • Leeks can be planted year round

Note: Always consult a physician for any specific health questions and concerns. Some of this information may be subject to change should there be any new findings from Federal Health Administration (FHA), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Cancer Society (ACS), and / or other leading food, nutrition and medical advisors.