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The leek, whose scientific name is Allium Ampeloprasum, is a herbaceous plant from the Amaryllidaceae family. It is believed to have descended from wild garlic as there is evidence attesting to its spontaneous growth in the wild.

What we know for certain is that it has been grown and enjoyed since ancient times, having been known to both the Egyptians and Romans, and apparently Nero used to eat large quantities of the vegetable to “clear his throat”. It has been used as an ingredient for making excellent soups since ancient times.