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Saint Victor Leeks – Laurent Berrurier

$139 by kg

The Allium porrum, “Saint-Victor winter” leek is an improved variety of the famous “Solaize blue”, also in the Ark of Taste. This winter leek is very resistant (to cold, freezing and worms) and tasty, planted from March to May for October to March harvest. Short at its root end, it produces fairly short but quite thick stalks, and it can be recognised by its purplish-green foliage – the violet colour appears with the cold. It was used mainly in stews, but also in hot soups (to use the green part of the leek) like the “bonne femme” or Parisian soup, a blend of leeks and potatoes, but also in making gratins or quiches. Today, one of the most important criteria for selling leeks is the width and size of its stem, creating hybrids selected for this criterion alone (without taking flavour into account), varieties like “Longton” or “Vitaton”.

There are not many market farmers who still grow them. One of them, Laurent, grows on average 3 tons per year.

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Laurent Berrurier cultivates his vegetables from île-de-France with great success. He is the only market gardener who belong to the Académie culinaire de France.  He was the recent finalist in the fourth edition île-de-France Heritage Prize of regional food innovation competition. The gardener is well-known to Parisian Chefs and is also a proud supplier for Chef Yannick Alléno. Laurent Berrurier is specialist in the production of forgotten vegetables from Ile-de-France. Cabbages, asparagus, leeks, dandelions, the market gardener supplies his entire production to the great Parisian chefs. There are over 200 varieties of vegetables in all.
We are very proud to get those natural jewels selected by Laurent and delivered to your doorstep.

Grâce à lui, les légumes oubliés d'Ile-de-France séduisent les plus grands chefs - Le Parisien


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