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Leek, Allium porrum / Liliaceae (Alliaceae)
Although the leek season extends from the beginning of autumn to the beginning of spring in the N Hemisphere, they are available all the year round. Nevertheless, their quality is quite lower in summer, since they develop a woody heart.

As an example of a typical European market, the following table shows the countries that export leeks to the United Kingdom, as well as the period in which they are exported and the weight of the most frequent packages.

OriginAvailability in the markets of the United KingdomWeight by package
AustraliaAccording to the market demandVarious
BelgiumAll the year round5/10kg
DenmarkAccording to the market demand10kg
Dominican RepublicAccording to the market demandVarious
FranceMay-July and January-March5/10kg
GreeceDecember-February5kg
IrelandAll the year round5kg
ItalyDecember-March5/10kg
JerseyEnd of June-July9kg
The NetherlandsAll the year round5/10kg
PortugalMay-JulyVarious
SpainAccording to the market demandVarious
ThailandSeptember-FebruaryVarious
TurkeySeptember-OctoberVarious
United KingdomEnd of July-May4/5kg

Source: Fresh Produce Desk Book (1998)
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