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French-style blanched leeks

Robert Lauriston | May 6, 2006 04:02 PM

Anybody seen French-style blanched leeks around? None today at Monterey Market or Berkeley Bowl or Berkeley farmers' market.

This isn't a different variety, they're just grown in paper tubes and/or mounds of dirt so that you end up with 8-10" of white stalk, instead of 2-5" and a bunch of greens. Can't make a proper poireaux vinaigrette with those stubby things.

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