The leeks on my allotment have gone to seed. Are they still alright to use for cooking.? The centre seem to be a bit soft.
Also any hints on growing show leeks, I am taking part in a local competition only a bit of fun, but I would like to have a decent entry.
Wet and soggy
Thank you for your reply, sounds fun I shall have to give it a go
Anything that has bolted is past its best, leeks need to be firm inside so any softness means past it to me. I use leeks in all the cooking and often braise them in stock for one of the veg dishes.
In the North East of England where I live, leek growing becomes a thing of mystery even best mates will not tell each other how they grow them. Wives become leek widows as husbands sleep with their leeks, the shows gave good money and prizes for the biggest leeks, I think it is losing its appeal these days and I much prefer the small leeks for a better taste.
Still we got plenty of leek and bacon puddings during the season as the weaklings were weeded out and only the best left to mature.