Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but they have their own distinct flavour. They are quite harsh when raw, but, when cooked, they have a delicate flavour, like a mild onion but with a hint of sweetness. Two thirds of their length is white and firm, and this is the part that is mainly eaten.
Leeks are very versatile and work well cooked in various recipes or as a side dish. Commonly found in soups, on the side of a meat dish or as a sauce ingredient.