Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Leek (Allium Porrum), an esculent plant, closely allied to the onion, probably of Eastern origin, and recorded as cultivated in ancient Egypt. It has long been cultivated in England, and more extensively in Wales and Scotland, the whole of the plant above ground being employed in stews and soups. In France the stems are blanched by being earthed up. The leek is the badge of Welshmen, St. David having directed them to wear it in a battle with the Saxons, in the 6th century, in which they were victorious.