2. Like an onion, the leek has a lot of layers on the inside, except that the leek has a lot more finer layers. Each of these layers has an amazing amount of sandy grit between them. Leeks have to get washed really well to get rid of all that grit.
3. The leek is one of the national emblems of Wales, whose citizens wear it on St. David's Day.
4. Leeks are sometimes called "the gourmet's onion" or the 'poor man’s asparagus'!
5. A favourite food of the Romans, leeks are lauded in the Bible (Book of Numbers), have been eaten by saints (St. David), worn by the Welsh into battle and are said to possess mystical qualities.