Leek problem

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  1. ricky101

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    Hi,

    Started harvesting our leeks but most have these orange/red marks down them, but only of the first few outer layers.

    Assume its the AlliumLeaf Miner grubs that have caused it but no sign of any grub, assume they have hatched out long ago ?

    We just removed those outer layers and the rest seem fine , so assume its fine to cook them as normal ?

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    • Freddy

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      Not sure what’s caused it, but I would go ahead and use them :thumbsup:
       
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        Yes it can be a bit off-putting to find strange markings and even perhaps some unwanted ctitter on your crops. Simply peel or scrape away any affected part. As most veg etc is cooked/boiled before eating. Any, if there is any residue from the offender, it is extremely doubtful that there is any risk to your wellbeing. I, like many others on the forum, grew up during hard times. I can recall digging up the spuds and on a bad year, slugs had been having a real feast. Neverrheles the spuds ended up being peeled prior to cooking. Bad bit were simply cut out. At an early age. I became quie good a twisting the knife and gouging out any unwanted bits. I fondly remember an old quotation. 'Come the time today, when there is more discusting things rhat come from the mouth, than the food that goes in and sustains our bodies. I consider myself at 81 to be living proof.
         
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          Your leek looks smashing! I'd definitely eat it, just peeling away that outer layer. I've seen similar marks on the leeks I buy from Lidl (uk farmed), so whatever has caused that mark is likely fairly common.
           
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            Hi,

            Not fussy about such bugs, just not sure what it was or if it was more fungal and harmful.
            Happy to cut out any not so good bits of fruit or veg.

            Goes back to the days of our grandfather who used to get a block of cheese out of the pantry ( no fridges in those days) but as he cut in to it, there were maggots, but he just carried on eating it saying they have only eaten the cheese, so must be cheese !
            Must be good one to use on the Get me Out of Here show :biggrin:
             
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              Leek Problem??
              I fear I may shortly be approaching the age when I too shall suffer with the same ailment :heehee:
               
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                It was probably just a slug or snail on it @ricky101 Good looking leek though - what variety?
                 
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