The leek : virtues and health benefits

Content (Click to view)
  1. Leek its positive role in digestion
  2. The leek: a little story
  3. Leek and its health benefits
  4. Did you know that?
  5. Growing leeks for their benefits
  6. Leek in the kitchen and the benefits
    1. Nutrient Intake :
    2. Other Options:
  7. You may be interested:

Leek its positive role in digestion

Without a doubt one of our most popular vegetables, the leek or the porrum allium, is present all year round in our stalls.


Photo Toa Heftiba Şinca in Pexels

Its health benefits and virtues have long been recognized and its consumption is widespread.

It belongs to the same family as garlic and onion.

  • To read: how to grow leeks properly
  • To discover: our recipes based on leeks

The leek: a little story

Originally from the Middle East, the leek was soon a flagship vegetable of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians.

According to the famous papyrus of the trades, it was very popular among the Egyptians.

The Hebrews appreciated it for its refreshing properties. As for the Greeks and Romans, they considered it both a vegetable and a true remedy.

Leek and its health benefits

It is one of the 10 most consumed vegetables in France and its benefits and virtues are indisputable. It is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

A diuretic, leek is used by people who suffer from urinary retention. Leek broth or soup is then recommended.

In case of constipation, you will notice that the leek has a beneficial effect on the intestine.

It is also very effective against acute and chronic inflammation of the airways. Its syrup works miracles in cases of voice suppression, hoarseness, cough, pharyngitis and tracheitis.

Our grandmothers used it against boils, angina and swelling of the joints, as a poultice, soothing and maturing. Applied to the lower abdomen, it also promotes the release of urine.

In lotion, the juice of the leek beautifies the face, eliminating redness and pimples. It also relieves insect bites.

Did you know that?

Internal use:

Leek broth: Can be drunk as an herbal tea, for its diuretic properties. It is said that its regular consumption ensures the beauty of the skin and prevents premature aging.

Syrup: Obtained by mixing this decoction strengthens and prolongs its weight of honey. Very effective against inflammation of the airways.

Poultice: Boiled leek leaves that are applied hot (against the above mentioned ailments).

Decoction: Gives a nice shine to brown hair, don't hesitate to rinse your hair with it.

Growing leeks for their benefits

To grow good leeks, it is necessary to have a sunny exposure but not too hot, as well as a fresh, rich, deep and well-drained soil.

That's good to know.

Leek easily exhausts the soil, so the soil should be left to rest for the next 2 or 3 years.

To avoid the increase of seeds, remember to water the leeks regularly and keep the soil clean.

Watch out for the little larvae!

The base of the barrels is sometimes attacked by onion-worm larvae, causing them to rot.

The leaves can dry out, the fault being the leek moth... which digs galleries in the leaves. White rot causes the leaves to turn yellow and the leek to die.

Finally, keep in mind that rust can form orange spots at the base of the leaves.

Leek in the kitchen and the benefits

Leek is eaten cooked with steam or water. Sautéed, it goes very well with fish and seafood. For the amateurs, there are also leeks in vinaigrette!

To discover: our recipes based on leeks

Nutrient Intake :

29 kcal / 100 g. Leek is very rich in fiber (3.2g per 100g), which promotes intestinal transit.

It contains potassium, iron and vitamin B9. It is also an excellent diuretic.

Gourmet idea:

Less common but as succulent as cooked leeks, raw young leeks (in a salad) will surprise you!

Other Options:

You can also get digital health manuals on this topic at Amazon, WalMart, Costco, Sams Club, Carrefour,  alibaba, eBay, Aliexpress, Zappos, Target, Newegg, Etsy, My American Market, Macy’s, Staples , MyKasa. Each of these manuals can be found in great online offers.

In big seasons they offer big discounts on health supplements.

In addition, you can find free health apps from Google Play or in the App Store.

You may be interested:

Go up

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site, we will assume that you agree to it. You can also click Accept, to consent to the use of all cookies. Read More...