On St David’s Day there’s no better time to celebrate Wales’ most famous and in-season food, the humble leek.
While many people wear a leek to mark Wales’ national day, you may prefer to chop and cook your leeks instead. If that’s the case then try the delicious contemporary and traditional Welsh-themed recipes that have been created for the British Leek Growers Association.
Perhaps the most traditional use of leeks is Welsh cawl, a stew-like dish consisting of meat and vegetables that has been enjoyed by the nation since the 14th Century.
Its ingredients tend to vary, but usually include lamb and leeks.
Because of their important symbolism in Wales, leeks have come to be used extensively in the country’s cuisine, while in the rest of the UK, have only become popular again in the last fifty years or so, having been overlooked for several centuries.
So given that we’ve got a few hundred years of missing out on leeks to catch up on, start as you mean to go on by enjoying lovely leeks this St David’s Day.
The full British Leeks’ press pack including much more St David’s Day information can be downloaded at http://www.british-leeks.co.uk/press.html