allium ampeloprasum var. porrum

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The common grocery variety looks like giant blades of grass when growing. In the onion/garlic family. The flower head is a perfect ball of whitish flowers. The edible part is the base of the leaves just above the root. Leeks purify blood, control cholesterol, high in iron, strengthen liver, throat ailments, and nasal congestion.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz