Apart from being the provider of a great deal of beautiful puns, leeks are actually quiet good for you. With a flavour that mellows to sweetness when cooked, I love using it in various dishes and finds it pairs particularly well with eggs, chicken and pork. Part of the Allium genus (and thus related to both onions and garlic), from both a TCM and western medicine standpoint, leeks are a very healthy addition to your diet. That being said, they’re one of the ingredients to avoid if you have tumors, sores (symptoms of a yin deficiency) or suffer gout.
|Benefits:||Strengthens the spleen, strengthens the stomach|
|TCM uses:||Used to move qi, promote sweating, nuture the liver, to dispel the cold|
|Organs/Channels:||Liver, stomach, kidney|
|Nutrients:||Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and manganese|
There’s actually been quite a volume of research done into the benefits of onions and garlic, but less on leeks. It’s somewhat logical that they may impart some of the same benefits as their near relatives, namely helping to protect the linings of blood vessels and their antioxidant properties.
A few recipes to try:
More ingredient summaries can be found here.