Health benefits of leeks are:
1. Leeks are a good source of fiber. They help regulate bowel movement and help prevent and cure constipation. They add bulk to the food consumed and remove accumulated remnants of foods in the stomach, thereby cleansing the digestive tract and detoxifying the body.
2. Leeks are a potent diuretic, which stimulates the production of urine, thereby eliminating waste materials from the body. This also helps prevent cancer by suppressing the oncogenes.
3. Leeks are also an antiseptic agent, which helps prevent septic infections. You may apply leek extract on a wound to prevent the infection. They also promote blood clotting and thereby lead to faster healing of the wound.
4. Leeks also contain folic acid, which helps in DNA synthesis, cell maintenance and repair, and formation of white and red blood cells.
5. Leeks are also supposed to relieve the symptoms of epilepsy.
6. Leeks, being a rich source of Vitamin B6, help in secretion of enzymes.
7. Leeks also help prevent pre-menstrual syndrome, maintaining and regulating the menstrual cycle and its normal periodicity.
8. Leeks are a potent laxative, and as such, keep your stomach clean of unwanted matter. This also helps in weight loss.
How To Regrow Leeks From Your Kitchen Scraps
If you ever wanted to try your hand at gardening, those veggie leftovers in your kitchen are a great source to start from. Just think: you can regrow many pungent members of the Allium family vegetables right from kitchen scraps that would otherwise end up in your trash! With a milder flavor and larger size, leeks work well added to everything from salads to soups, where they add beneficial fiber and bulk along with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant polyphenols.
Regrowing leeks, garlic, shallots, and the like, is so easy that a kindergarten class can do it.
Regrowing leeks is the same as regrowing green onions (we have already had a post about it).
Only leeks do not produce a bulb shaped edible part as onion plants – they rather form a cylindrical bunch of leaf sheaths. And they are not as dense as onion and garlic, and as such, much easier to digest!
Follow these 2 simple steps to get the most of your little experiment. This is how you do it:
- Place a bunch of leeks with their roots downwards in a shallow glass container (brim-full of water), cut off what you need to use in your kitchen endeavor and leave the rest in the glass. Look at the picture:
- Place the glass on a sunny window sill. Change the water occasionally. Use purified or mineral water preferably. The leeks will literally regrow themselves. Just like that! And just look at those lovely lengthened roots!
Leeks, looking like a much larger version of the green onion, are very easy to regrow. So easy in fact, that many “gardeners”, including me, find themselves with more leeks in the kitchen than they need!
Take it to the next level!
Now that you have learned how to regrow leeks from nothing more than your kitchen scraps, you can start growing varieties that are even better suited for your climate.
Varieties of the Allium genus, like the 3 easily-multiplying ones mentioned above, are versatile enough to be creatively used in a variety of tasty dishes as well.