Leek Recipes from France
Notice how the bottom of a leek is white? That's because as it grows, the cultivator mounds dirt around its base, preventing sun from getting on it and turning the leaves green. This is similar to the technique used with fennel plants.
You will find many leek recipes in France, including of course the famous potato leek soup recipe, Vichyssoise. This descendent of the garlic plant is sometimes known in France as poor man's asparagus.
Leeks are available year round in France. In springtime, we can sometimes find small, new leeks, known as poireaux de printemps, or poireaux primeurs. In France, you will often see vegetables with the notation primeur. These are vegetables that are harvested before full maturity and can include carrots, onions, radishes, asparagus, shallots, and leeks. Although sometimes criticized for not containing the full nutritional potential and flavor of a mature vegetable, they are reputed to be extra tender and easy to digest.
Selecting and Storing Leeks
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