The homeland of leeks grown in our climate zone is the Mediterranean. In our climatic conditions, it is more common to grow onions. However, the Mediterranean came gradually gaining popularity and is increasingly common in the beds of the inhabitants of our country..
Leek is known to mankind since ancient times. It was used in food in Rome and Greece. Culture tastes sweet and has no sharp flavor. Today it is adopted by culinary specialists and traditional healers who use the beneficial properties of this plant for therapeutic purposes..
Useful properties of leeks
People treat leeks as an aromatic culinary seasoning, but few people think about the healing properties of this plant. There are very few calories in the Mediterranean, but there are plenty of vitamins and minerals. It contains:
- Vitamins C, E, B2, B1;
- Folic acid;
- Essential oils;
- Protein substances.
The fact that the leek has healing properties, it became known in the distant past. This plant has been shown to sick people suffering from gout, obesity, rheumatism, urolithiasis, scurvy. It was recommended to be used as food for those who had physical and mental overwork..
Leek in traditional and traditional medicine
In folk medicine, the Mediterranean descendant is used when a person has problems with digestion. This plant contributes to increased appetite and the development of gastric juice. Vegetable must be present in the diet of those people who have identified liver or gallbladder disease. Leek – an excellent diuretic.
Given that the plant has virtually no calories, it is an indispensable ingredient in the diet of people suffering from obesity. The plant is able in humans to stimulate metabolic processes. It will also help to cope with depression, physical exhaustion, vitamin deficiency, atherosclerosis..
This plant is indicated for use by people who suffer from anemia. Given the high content of iron, onions with this disease helps to cope with the disease, as it increases the production of hemoglobin.
The Mediterranean comes to normal functioning of the nervous system, helps the brain to properly absorb information, improves memory and increases concentration.
Leek is recommended for pregnant women, as it contains a large amount of folic acid. This vitamin is necessary to prevent the pathology of intrauterine development of the unborn child..
Vegetable excellently copes with infections, slows down processes of inflammatory and oncological nature, helps in problems with eyesight.
In the culinary field, leeks are part of soups, salads, sauces. This is an excellent additive to meat and fried eggs. This plant is very tasty can be cooked in batter.
|apples –||1 PC.|
|leek –||300 grams|
|boiled eggs –||5 items|
|canned corn –||250 grams|
|hard cheese –||150 grams|
|yogurt –||100 ml|
|spices for salad –||half a teaspoon|
|lemon juice –||30 ml|
|remoulade sauce –||100 ml|
|Time for preparing: 30 minutes||Calories per 100 grams: 180 Kcal|
Apples need to chop the plates and a little sprinkle with lemon juice. The cheese is grated, the eggs are cut into large cubes, and the leek is sliced.
The prepared products are mixed in a salad bowl and poured dressing, which is prepared by mixing the above ingredients..
Potato casserole with leek
To prepare the basics you need to take:
- One egg;
- 30 grams of butter;
- 500 grams of potatoes;
- Some vegetable oil (in order to lubricate the form);
- Salt (amount adjusted to taste).
To prepare the filling you will need:
- 2 stalks of white leek;
- 30 grams of butter;
- 150 grams of sour cream;
- Nutmeg (quantity – to taste);
- Two eggs;
- pepper (ground allspice);
- 150 grams of cheese.
Potatoes must be cleaned and boiled in water, to which salt has been previously added. Next is mashed, added half of the beaten egg and butter.
On the bottom of the form and on its sides the mash is being decomposed. You need to make sure that it lays down evenly. The surface is smeared with the remaining half of the beaten egg and put in the oven. Baking duration – 15 minutes. Oven should be heated to 200C.
To make the filling you need to cut the white part of leeks into rings (their thickness is 5 mm).
After that, melt butter in a pan and fry the vegetable until soft.
Prepare the pot: beat the eggs and sour cream, add the grated cheese, pepper and salt. Put the fried leek on the mashed in the oven, pour in the dressing, sprinkle with cheese and put it in the oven again for 30 minutes (the oven temperature is 180C).
The casserole will be ready when a golden crust appears on its surface..
Potato and Leek Soup
To prepare the soup you need to take:
- 3 liters of broth;
- 1 teaspoon butter;
- 4 pieces of potatoes;
- 3 leek stalks;
- One piece of celery root and parsley;
- One carrot.
The roots are boiled in water with salt. After that, water is filtered, and the broth is poured back into the pan. To the broth add potatoes, cut into small cubes, and thin slices of the Mediterranean native. Cook the soup until the vegetables used are cooked..
Serving the soup, it is filled with butter, and in addition to it, you can put croutons on the table.
How to cook leeks for winter
This vegetable can be prepared for the winter. For this you will need;
- Leek in any quantity;
- 1 tsp sugar;
- 100 ml of vinegar;
- 20 grams of dill greens;
- Litere of water;
- 1 tsp dill seed;
- 125 grams of salt.
Onion stalks need to pour brine and put in a cool place for a day. After that, the brine is drained, and all the vegetables are laid out on the banks.
Vinegar is poured into an enamel container, and brine, sugar, pepper and fennel seeds are added to it. The mixture is heated to boiling, poured into jars and rolled..
Now you know how to cook leeks. We advise you to use these recipes to replenish vitamin reserves in your body..