by Organic Veggies (AUS)
Leek belongs to the same botanical family as chives, garlic, onions, scallions and shallots, in the genus Allium. More delicately flavoured than its cousins, the leek has its own distinctive flavour and panache. Leeks have natural diuretic, laxative, and antiseptic properties, and contain the cancer-fighting compounds kaempferol, which support the heart and blood supply system, and quercetin, which inhibits carcinogenic synthesis in the body. It also one of the rare foods that contain prebiotics, a type of good bacteria, which is necessary for a better nutrient absorption, as it removes waste from the body and secretes digestive fluids, thereby improving digestive function.