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After eons it appears that my Leeks are finally fully grown.  They seem quite happy in the garden, so not sure if I should leave them be or pull them out and blanch / freeze / store them?  (Although, probably everyone else had the good sense to actually eat all their leeks by now). 

 

 

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They will only deteriorate in the heat, so out they come! Freezing onion-relatives leads to changes in flavour (have you evereaten thawed frozen onion rings? Tasteless!) so if they were mine, I'd use them up as soon as possible.

Yeah, I was thinking that might be the case.  So it's leeks for dinner every night this week!!  

Leek Soup; Leek and whatever pie; casseroled something and leeks! Bit like Zucchini but not as versatile.

Yumm, love leek.  Leek and potato soup and leek and mushroom risotto are my favourite.

they go to seed and then the inside is all woody and ruined :(

at least if you cook them in soups or similar you can freeze it

harvesting and using things without unmanageable gluts and famines is always my biggest challenge...

HI Tracy

I have leeks in the garden too. They are just such a long-lived vegetable, but like the onion family, maturing to flower about every 12 months in the subtropics, that's why they take soooo long to grow.

I'm using mine slowly to savour them. Just pulling a couple at a time the rest stay in the garden. They are still just fairly young, but tender and delish.

I also use the little ones in place of spring onions. They are also good companions for silverbeet and happily don't need a deep soil to grow.

Cheers, Linda

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