Lyon leek


GENUS: Allium SPECIES: ameloprasum


Heritage Status: Overseas
Bio-Region of Origin: Northland
Number of Seeds: 200

Description: Lyon leeks came to New Zealand with our English ancestors and originated in the Lyon area of Staffordshire. Known for it’s long pure white stems and it’s mild flavour, it is still a favourite for many winter dishes today. As with other vegetables the phytonutrients are mostly in the dark coloured parts so be sure to eat the greens and well as the stem. They are easy to grow.

Planting Instructions: Plant into trays early Autumn, and early Spring. Prick out at 2.5 cm diagonal spacings. Transplant when 6 cm high to 25 cm diagonal spacings. Spinach appreciates being sown after peas or beans for the most delicately flavoured leaves. Partial shade in hot weather can extend the harvest period by discouraging it from bolting.