Eating locally grown, seasonal produce becomes a challenge during the autumn and winter months, when the British climate means that few native vegetables are available.

However, the leek is one vegetable that is at its best during the coldest months of the year and because it’s packed with nutrients and crucial anti-oxidants will help stave off winter colds and flu too.

At its best from November through to April, the British leek is a fantastically versatile vegetable that adds flavour and bite.

A favourite food of the Romans, leeks are lauded in the Bible (Book of Numbers), have been eaten by saints (St. David), worn by the Welsh into battle and are said to possess mystical qualities.

• So if like the Emperor Nero you want to improve your singing voice – eat leeks!
• If you want to see your future husband – sleep with a leek under your pillow!
• If you want to repel invading Saxons – wear a leek in your helmet!

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a delicious, nutritious and seasonal food to see you through the winter months. Something that can be roasted, baked or braised and has a sweet taste and a smooth texture – then the British Leek is for you!