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Leek plants harvested and ready to cook.

Leeks are the milder, sweeter member of the opinion family. Treasured for thousands of years around the world, they are more common in other countries than here in the United States. Somehow we have elevated them to a gourmet vegetable that usually comes at a premium price in the supermarket.


Easy to grow, leeks should be in every home garden. Giant Musselburgh Leeks are extremely cold-tolerant which makes them perfect for late harvests or for over-wintering. They form a very thick base with little bulbing, making cleaning easier and offering more weight per plant. Deeply colored blue-green flags stand upright. Mulch well for overwintering in northern regions.

The practice of hilling up dirt around Leeks to make their white bases longer is a controversial practice. We find that if you just bury them deeply to start with, the resulting Leek has plenty of white neck to use. Plus by doing this we don't keep tossing dirt down the stalks to just wash

Young Leeks are often braised and eaten as a side dish for dinner. Older fatter Leeks are most often peeled and cooked. They partner perfectly with potatoes and make an incredible potato gratin.

In Numbers 11:5 the Israelites longed for Leeks as a change from the sweetish manna they had been eating in the wilderness. "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic."

Leeks make a delicious addition to our Biblical Herb Garden.

This plant is often available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant.  They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if  Leek Plug Trays are available.


Cultural Information

Height: 2 Feet    

Hardiness: Annual
120 days

Flower Color: White 

Characteristics: Full Sun

Uses: Culinary


One pot of Organic Musselburgh Leeks for $3.45 or an Organic Musselburgh Leek Six Pack $17.25




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