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12 Jun 14 (USA - Zone 8a climate)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO 'BLANCH' THE STEM OR PLANT?
13 Jun 14 Andrew (Australia - temperate climate)
It means to exclude light from the stem. That is what creates the white, tightly packed section of the leek, which is the bit we like to cook with. There are two main ways to achieve this: 1. As the plant grows, pack soil around the stem; or 2. Plant seeds or seedlings in a trench (about 10cm deep) and as the plant grows fill in the trench. Hope this helps.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO 'BLANCH' THE STEM OR PLANT?

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