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plant of the family Liliaceae (lily family), of the same genus (Allium) as the chive (A. schoenoprasum), garlic (A. sativum), leek (A. porrum), and shallot (A. ascalonium).
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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.
(Allium porrum), a perennial species of onion. Leeks form a thick stalk, the lower portion of which is used for food. The young leaves are also edible. Leeks are propagated from seeds.
Allium porrum. A biennial herb known only by cultivation; grown for its mildly pungent succulent leaves and thick cylindrical stalk.
of Wales. [Flower Symbolism: Brewer Note-Book, 334]
1. an alliaceous plant, Allium porrum, with a slender white bulb, cylindrical stem, and broad flat overlapping leaves: used in cooking
2. any of several related species, such as A. ampeloprasum (wild leek)
3. a leek, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales