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Spice Descriptions and Uses

Leek - allium tricoccum

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Leeks are a relative of the onion and share its pungent flavour and utility in cooking.

Flavour:

Onion taste with a sweet tone.

 

How to Use:

Leeks can be used just about anywhere that calls for onions or in recipes where the sweetness of leek is preferred to onion. Great with soups, egg dishes, cheese dishes, stews, fish, salads, salad dressings, marinades, pot roasts, ham, dips, savoury muffins, sauces, gravies and tomato sauces. Also look great as a garnish.

Measuring:

Dried leek flakes will reconstitute when soaked in water or cooked in a dish with sauce. The amount used, as with any spice, is a matter of taste. Leeks will impart a sweet onion flavour to a dish and should be used in quantities roughly equivalent to dried minced onion.

Soups:

Stews:

Fish:

1 or 2 tablespoons in 3 to 4 litres of soup

1 tablespoon per pound of meat

1 teaspoon per pound of fish when poaching

Other Info:

Leeks can also used in making a Bouquet Garni.

Leeks, (bulb and lower-leaf portion), freeze-dried

Nutrient

Units

1 tbsp

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0.20 g

Proximates

Water

g

0.004

Energy

kcal

0.642

Energy

kj

2.686

Protein

g

0.030

Total lipid (fat)

g

0.004

Carbohydrate, by difference

g

0.149

Fiber, total dietary

g

0.021

Ash

g

0.012

Minerals

Calcium, Ca

mg

0.720

Iron, Fe

mg

0.015

Magnesium, Mg

mg

0.322

Phosphorus, P

mg

0.692

Potassium, K

mg

4.800

Sodium, Na

mg

0.070

Zinc, Zn

mg

0.001

Copper, Cu

mg

0.001

Manganese, Mn

mg

0.005

Selenium, Se

mcg

0.011

Vitamins

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid

mg

0.236

Thiamin

mg

0.002

Riboflavin

mg

0.001

Niacin

mg

0.007

Pantothenic acid

mg

0.002

Vitamin B-6

mg

0.002

Folate, total

mcg

0.732

Vitamin B-12

mcg

0.000

Vitamin A, IU

IU

0.554

Vitamin A, RE

mcg_RE

0.056

Lipids

Fatty acids, total saturated

g

0.001

16:0

g

0.001

18:0

g

0.000

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

g

0.000

18:1 undifferentiated

g

0.000

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

g

0.002

18:2 undifferentiated

g

0.001

18:3 undifferentiated

g

0.001

Cholesterol

mg

0.000

Amino acids

Tryptophan

g

0.000

Threonine

g

0.001

Isoleucine

g

0.001

Leucine

g

0.002

Lysine

g

0.002

Methionine

g

0.000

Cystine

g

0.001

Phenylalanine

g

0.001

Tyrosine

g

0.001

Valine

g

0.001

Arginine

g

0.002

Histidine

g

0.001

Alanine

g

0.001

Aspartic acid

g

0.003

Glutamic acid

g

0.005

Glycine

g

0.001

Proline

g

0.001

Serine

g

0.002