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Leeks which are very predominant in Europe have an exemplary history Leeks date back to 4000 BC the Bronze Age where many different inhabitants used to eat this vegetable for health purposes Hippocrates founder of the Hippocratic Oath use to prescribe leeks as a cure for nosebleeds As time progressed armies and rulers spread the word about the wonders of the leeks Emperor Nero ate leeks because he thought it was beneficial for his throat and vocal chords He was later nicknamed porrophagus meaning leeks mouth The Romans spread the popularity to Wales as it became their national emblem Leeks also have religious significance They are mentioned in the Book of Numbers in the Bible as one of the beloved foods of the Israelis Finally the people to whom the leeks were made so popular to were the Welsh The Welsh Prince Cadawallader made his soldiers wear leeks on their hats for identification Today the Welsh wear leeks to ceelbrate St Davids Day on March 1st As rich as the leeks are in their historical significance they have many cultural uses- mainly as soups Today leeks are usually served as a scallion and are used to enhance soups and salads This crunchy vegetable is rich in vitamin C magnesium and iron Baby leeks consist of 75 calories and contain a great source of folate Five daily servings can reduce cancer chances and blood pressure The most famous serving of leeks is prepared by a chef at the Waldorf Astoria The dish is known as the Vichy Finally poor mans asparagus as it is called in Britain is wildly popular Britain holds an annual leek competition where the largest leek four to five inches in diameter is given as a prize Leeks are very valuable in the fall and winter They are a favorite in Europe and the Mediterranean and are grown in cold climates for best results They are found in markets all year long
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