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French: poireau


Old English "leac," from Germanic.

An edible plant with long green leaves, grown for its white part, the single cylindrical stem made up of long, flat interwoven leaves buried in the earth.

Eaten by the ancient Egyptians, the leek was also the favorite vegetable of the Roman Emperor Nero who used it to clear his throat. Found in all European civilizations, it became the emblem of Wales after a memorable battle in which the Welsh wore leeks as distinguishing marks on their hats.

Leek and Fresh Goat Cheese Terrine
Jean-Paul Lacombe, Léon de Lyon, France, Léon de Lyon, Lyon, France
Red Mullet with Lemon Leek Fondue and Lime Vermouth Sauce
Jacques Chibois, La Bastide Saint-Antoine, France
Étouffé of Halibut with Leek Whites and Sage Jus
Patrick Mathey, anc. chef de La Marée Haute, Îles de la Madeleine
Lamb's Lettuce Soup with Mussels
Gilles Renault, Restaurant La Cigale à Nantes
Beer-Steamed Perch Fillets
Émile Jung, anc. chef propriétaire Au Crocodile, Strasbourg

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