Hearty stews, creamy soups, piping hot pies… versatile leeks offer wholesome nutrition with subtle sweet flavour. Here’s why you should fill your shopping trolley with this veg.
One leek gives about a fifth of your day’s gut-loving fibre needs. Leeks also contain a type of prebiotic fibre (fructo-oligosaccharides) that feeds the good bacteria in your gut.
You can get about 20 per cent of your daily folate needs from just one leek. Folate is a vital nutrient for mums-to-be.
Leeks contain beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A to support good eye health.
The humble leek offers eight to 18 per cent of your daily needs of energising iron, along with more than 100 per cent of your daily vitamin C requirements. These nutrients are the perfect pair, as vitamin C helps your body absorb iron from veg.
Check out our favourite leek dinners:
Herby fennel, leek and smoked salmon frittata,
Chicken and leek filo pot pies,
Pan-fried pork with mushroom and leek sauce