November- Leeks and dates
Leeks come from the same family as garlic and onions but have a much sweeter and delicate flavour.
- This flavoursome winter vegetable can be used in a wide variety of soups and stews and make a perfect side dish when combined with cheese and potatoes
- Leeks can be boiled, steamed or braised
- Although easy to grow, leeks need looking after. More information can be found here.
- Leeks are high in vitamin C, iron and fibre
- Including lots of vegetables like leeks in your diet will help you to stay healthy as they are naturally low in calories and fat. Evidence shows eating 5 portions of fruit and veg a day can help reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke and obesity
- 1 leek (white portion) = 1 of your 5 a day.
How to prepare:
- Buy small to medium sized leeks that have fresh green leaf tops and the white of the leek should be unblemished
- Remove any damaged outer leaves and then trim both ends. A top tip is to buy more than you need to account for trimming
Dates are cultivated all year around but at their best in November.
- Available fresh or dried, dates have a very sweet and rich flavour with a chewy texture
- A wide variety of dates are grown in North African and Israel but only a few are exported into the UK.
- Dates are an excellent source of iron and potassium
- A diet rich in fruit and vegetables – including dates, naturally increases potassium and helps lower blood pressure
- 3 fresh dates = 1 of your 5 a day.
How to prepare:
- Whether fresh or dried, dates should be plump and glossy with an even colour
- To prepare fresh dates, remove the stone by pushing it your with your fingers and then push the flesh out of the skin
- Dried dates are ready to use but can be soaked in flavoured liquid to boost the flavour
We have pulled together some of our delicious recipes using leeks and dates for you to try below. Alternatively search our recipe collection for more inspiration.