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:
- Finely chopped in salads
- Pureed with cooked potatoes to make a soup
- 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