Allium porrum Linn

Family ► Liliaceae, Alliaceae.

Habitat ► Native to the Mediterranean region; cultivated in India.

Folk ► Vilaayati Piyaaz. Praan (Kashmir). Seemevangayam (Tamil Nadu).

Action ► Expectorant; used as a substitute for garlic.

Leek is poor in volatile oil content in comparison with garlic, but it contains sufficient amounts of non-toxic sapo-nins, which perhaps give it expectorant properties.

The bulbs contain several thiosul-phinates, and also potentially anticar-cinogenic flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol.

Herbs 101

Herbs 101

Learn what you can do with herbs! How to Plant, Grow, and Cook with Natural Herbs. Have you always wanted an herb garden but didn't know how to get started? Do you want to know more about growing your own herbs in the privacy of your home and using them in a variety of cooking?

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment