Giant Musselburgh Leek
(aka Scotch Flag) Scottish variety introduced in the early 1800s. Enormous leeks that are 9-15" long by 2-3" in diameter. Tender white stalks, dark blue-green fan-shaped leaves. Mild flavor, stands winter well. Good buncher for market gardens.
- 80-150 days from transplant
- ±9,700 seeds/oz
- Stalks grow to 9-15 inches long
- Stalks grow to 2-3 inches in diameter
- Very tolerant of cold
- Mild flavor
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Leeks are most often sliced thinly before being served. Sautéing leeks in butter and then cooking with potatoes in vegetable broth results in either potato-leek soup or vichyssoise, a chilled variant first made popular at the Ritz-Carlton in the early 20th century.
You can also substitute leeks for garlic or onions in recipes, but take care to chop them finely as their leaves possess fibers that can ball up while chewing.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep and space 1" in all directions. Transplant as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Hill or mound soil around stems several times to blanch as leeks grow.
- Start Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 5-7 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 6” Apart
- Rows Apart: 12-24"
Ratings & Reviews
Hardy and tasty
by UT Gardener
Grew well in rocky soil with hot summers. Nice, thick stalks and great flavor. I overwintered them in the garden along a south facing wall with no other protection in temperatures that dipped below zero a couple of times. Grew back the following spring with no problems.