Leeks were a very popular vegetable in the period from 1600-1800. They were used in many pies, soups, and stews. They were also used medicinally as burn ointment, to cure eye inflammations, and to ease coughs. Leeks were even part of an antidote to the bites of various venomous beasts. On St. David’s Day, it was tradition among many Welsh people to wear a green Leek on their hat throughout the day’s celebrations due to the affiliation of the patron saint with this vegetable.
Please note this information is research based on historic documents….and is not modern advice for health and wellness!