St David’s Day is celebrated on March 1 every year, and British leek farmers want you to join the celebrations.
The Leek Growers Association wants eating leeks to be as firmly associated with St David’s Day as eating haggis is with Burns Night or eating turkey at Christmas.
Chairman of the British Leek Growers’ Association, Tim Casey said: "We are hoping that chefs, caterers, restauranteurs and food bloggers will be showing their support for seasonal British produce this St David’s Day by showcasing the leek.
Approximately 2,000 ha of leeks are grown in the UK producing 40-50,000 tonnes during the leek season
"One of the few home grown British vegetables to be in-season at this time of year, fresh leeks are readily available and have a subtle, yet distinctive flavour.
"It would be great to see leeks taking centre stage on menus across the UK this 1st March, with food professionals celebrating this delicious, most British of foods and supporting British farming too."
Leeks make a welcome addition to many recipes, with their onion-like flavour and smooth texture.
In addition to their delicious taste leeks have a huge range of natural health benefits. As well as being full of vitamins and minerals, they have antiseptic properties, the ability to reduce blood pressure and stabilise blood sugar levels and can also help protect against various types of cancer.