Leeks have been grown in Scotland since the Middle Ages and the 'Musselburgh' leek was introduced in 1834. The Scots have a traditional dish called "Cock-A-Leekie Soup" and because of the 'Musselburgh' leek's higher green to white ratio than other varieties, they were a prized ingredient imparting a good color and sweet flavor to the broth.
The earliest catalog in our collection to offer seed was in Curtis & Cobb's 1869 seed catalog and by the mid-1870s, most of the larger American seed houses, for example, Henderson's, were offering the variety. Their descriptions were typically one simple line stating, "Grows to a very large size, of excellent quality." Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 150 to 200 seeds.
- Ark of Taste entry
- "The Vegetable Garden: Illustrations, Descriptions and Culture of the Garden ... ," by M. M. Vilmorin-Andrieux, 1905
- "Field and Garden Vegetables of America," Fearing Burr, 1863.
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