Leek is rich in folate, Vitamin C, iron and potassium. It is hard to believe but green leaves of leek contain beta-carotene. Usually we are used to seeing beta-carotene in fruits but it is also present in some vegetables like leek.
Romans refer to leek as the "super" food. Emperor Nero's other name is “Porrophagus” (Leek eater).
When introducing leek to your baby you need to follow the three day waiting rule. However most babies love eating leeks after month six. Some mothers wait until their baby's turn one year old due to digestion problems that leek may cause.
Dish of leek may not be the favorite choice of children and kids but there are so many other leek recipes that they will enjoy. Especially the leek balls that are special for your little ones that don't like veggies. For Gurme Bebek's leek recipes click here.
Keep in mind
When buying leek for your baby, pick the ones that are small and medium sized. The large, long and thick ones have a woody taste and it is not easy to digest these.
You may store leek in the fridge for around one week.
Cut the root before cooking. Then cut in half lengthwise and wash it under water.
Leek is another food that causes gas. If your baby is having digestion and gas problems, you should wait a little while before introducing leeks to him.
Click here for ways to overcome gas problems.
Nutritional value per 1 medium sized leek (124 gram);
Protein 1 gram
Vitamin A 1007 IU
Vitamin C 5.2 mg
Vitamin K 31.5 mcg
Folate 29.8 mcg
Calcium 37.2 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 17.4 mg
Phosphor 21.1 mg
Potassium 108 mg
Sodium 305 mg