Leeks are the giants of the allium family. They can be up to nine inches long and two inches thick, and do not form a bulb. A national emblem of Wales, leeks were probably first brought to England by the Romans. France, Belgium, and the Netherlands are the world's leading producers of leeks, which feature prominently in the cooking of these countries. Also known as poor man's asparagus, leeks pair well with potatoes; their most familiar cooking use may be in leek and potato soup. Wild leeks, known as ramps, are native to eastern


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