Do you like the flavor of onions but need them to be cooked to death before you can eat them? Do raw onions upset your stomach? It has been proven they upset digestion for a lot of people. Many people avoid eating them raw because of this.
"According to a September 2017 study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, onions are well-known for causing epigastric burning and heartburn. Their consumption often causes intestinal smooth-muscle dysfunction, which is another cause of indigestion," (Source here).
So instead eating raw onions or asking for your onions to be sauteed, why not just try using micro leeks?? The leeks we grow have a delicious onion and garlic flavor, do not require cooking to eat, and are super easy to use! We grow ours hydroponically on coco mats with no fertilizers or chemicals.
Things you can avoid when you use micro leeks instead of onions:
Chopping onions and crying
Having onion smell on your hands for the rest of the day
Taking time to saute onions for burgers or steaks
Digestive upset from eating raw onions
Leeks have so many health benefits too!
Here is a health profile I found on Leeks:
The leek is a sister plant to onion, shallots, and garlic and, like those incredible nutrient-rich foods, offers a wide host of benefits. Leeks are an excellent source of vitamin K. They are very good source of manganese, vitamin B6, copper, iron, folate, and vitamin C. Leeks are also a good source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids, dietary fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Protects against cancer
Improves heart health
Prevents heart disease
Protects pregnant mothers and babies
Boosts metabolism and helps lose weight
Improves gut health
Improves mood and cognitive function, including concentration and memory retention
Helps your retinas see better in low light
Protects your eye tissue from oxidative damage that can cause cataracts and age-related muscular degeneration
Keeps your bones healthy
Prevents anemia and treats anemic symptoms
I also love using full grown leeks any time that I would normally have to cook onions, or if I want the same texture the onion gives a dish. Full size leeks are grown in the garden easily, and they grow in the wild in northern Michigan and around the northeast region of the United States. I have found them abundantly on my parent's backwoods property, every year in late May and early June we would dig them up and harvest them. Look for their green foliage and purple hued stems. They grow in large clumps and you can smell them when you get super close. After the heat in mid June their foliage dies back so it is more difficult to find them and they don't taste as good anymore. Be sure to leave a large part of the patch behind to ensure they grow back every year; remember that other animals probably feed off of the same patch. Full size leeks tend to get a lot of sand in their folds as well so if you harvest them or buy them from a store or market be sure to clean them very well.
I hope everyone starts eating micro or full size leeks, foraging for them, growing them at home, or buying them at the local farm market! Here are a few of my recipes that you could use micro leeks in:
Happy cooking, foraging, and growing!!!