Leek as medicine and its recipes - Teas (2024)

Leek prevents the deposition of deposits on the walls of blood vessels that occur in patients with atherosclerosis...

Leek (Allium porrum) originates from Central Asia, where it has been cultivated since ancient times, as well as in Europe. This vegetable was valued by the ancient Greeks and Romans, primarily because of its beneficial effect on the throat. The Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that the clean and clear song of the partridge owed to a diet in which leeks prevailed. Perhaps this is why the Roman emperor Nero, known for his eccentricity, ate leeks every day to strengthen his voice.

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Leek is a relative of garlic and onion and, like them, contains ingredients beneficial for health.
This vegetable is rich in manganese, and also contains vitamin C, iron, folates and vitamin B6, ingredients that stabilize blood sugar and are recommended for diabetics.

Leeks and other types of onions contain thiosulfonates, which, when the vegetable is cut or mashed, turn into sulfides. These substancesthey act as natural antibiotics, strengthen immunity, activate enzymes that participate in the detoxification of the body.

Leek is very rich in essential oil that stimulates digestion, urinary excretion and acts as a mild laxative.

Leek lowers the level of LDL (bad) and raises HDL (good) cholesterol, which is why it has a preventive effect on the health of the cardiovascular system, i.e. it prevents the appearance or deposition of harmful deposits on the walls of blood vessels that occur in patients with atherosclerosis or heart problems related to diabetes.

Leeks lower blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

If you eat all kinds of onions at least twice a week, it reduces the risk of getting cancer of the prostate, colon and ovaries. But, given the fact that leeks have fewer active ingredients than black and garlic, it is necessary to eat them in larger quantities.

TIPS

You can store fresh leeks (do not wash or cut them) in the refrigerator for about two weeks. If you put it in an open plastic bag, you will prevent it from drying out. Boiled leeks, even in the refrigerator, can be stored for a maximum of two days.

Make a cold soup from mashed leeks and potatoes and you will see how delicious this combination is.
Boiled leek sprinkled with fennel or shallot seeds is an excellent accompaniment to fish, poultry or steak.

You can freeze leeks after blanching (2-3 minutes), although they will lose some of their flavor and texture that way. You can store it in the freezer for about three months.

When you cook leeks (as well as all other types of vegetables), it is better to put them in hot, rather than cold, water, because less nutrients are lost that way.

Briefly fry the leeks and fennel (wild spice), pour over the freshly squeezed lemon juice and sprinkle with thyme.

CAUTION

Leeks can contain oxalates, which, when found in higher concentrations in the body, can crystallize and lead to health problems. Therefore, those who already suffer from kidney or gall bladder stones should not overdo it with leeks.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF LEEKS

  • (half a cup of boiled, about 50 g)
  • 116 calories
  • 2.1 mg of vitamin C
  • 10.57 mg of iron
  • 0.13 mg of manganese
  • 12.6 mcg folate
  • 10.06 mg vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

Leek and sour water as a medicine against cholesterol and fat in the blood

This recipe is very simple. Pour two liters of sour water into a jar and add one clove of finely chopped leek. Make the drink in the evening and let it stand overnight. Strain in the morning and drink all the water during the day. Make a new drink every day. Mineral water it is drunk with leeks for 40 days without stopping.

Leek recipes

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  • 500 g of leeks
  • 200 g of smoked tofu cheese
  • 250 g of corn flour
  • 150 g of whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 spoons of tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed oil
  • 3 dl of mineral water
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds
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Finely chop the leek, sauté it in oil, remove from the heat and add the other ingredients. Beat the mass well and pour it into a greased baking dish, sprinkle with freshly toasted sesame seeds and bake for 30 minutes at 200o C.

With garlic

  • 1/2 kg of leeks
  • 3 heads of garlic
  • cup of cornmeal
  • oil, vinegar, salt

Cut the leeks into pieces, cook them in salted water, roll them in cornmeal and arrange them in an oiled ovenproof dish. Pour over a cup of water, level the top surface, spray with oil and bake in the oven at a moderate temperature for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Pour vinegar and crushed garlic over the hot dish, then serve hot or cold.

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  • 1 kg of leeks
  • 500 g of minced meat
  • 50 g of mozzarella
  • 2 dl of sour cream
  • 1 head of onion
  • 1.5 dl of tomato juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 spoons of chopped parsley leaves
  • a little sunflower oil
  • so, pepper

Boil the leek for a few minutes in salted water, drain and cut into rings. In the meantime, sauté the chopped onion in a little oil, add the pureed tomatoes, and after a few minutes, the meat and continue to fry. At the end, add salt, pepper and chopped parsley leaves and bay leaves.

Arrange leeks and meat alternately in a greased dish, but finish with a layer of leeks, spread evenly with sour cream, grate mozzarella on the surface and bake in the oven for about twenty minutes.

It is believed that the Romans brought leeks to Great Britain, where this plant gained a great reputation, so much so that it ended up on the coat of arms of Wales. The Welsh, in fact, believe that leeks helped them defeat the Saxons in 1620 because their soldiers wore these vegetables on their helmets to distinguish themselves from the enemy.

Today, leek is a vegetable that is regularly on the table in many, primarily Northern European, countries.

Leek as medicine and its recipes - Teas (2024)

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