A slick new website, www.british-leeks.co.uk, designed to promote the British leek industry, has gone live. It has been sponsored by

Nunhems Seeds and includes leek recipes and information about the vegetable's nutritional benefits.

It claims that regular leek consumption can help maintain a healthy heart, protect against cancer and boost the immune system. Quotes from celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson and Nigel Slater have been included to boost the vegetable's credentials.

The peak season for leeks is September and November. Farmers say yields are 10% down, but predicted that quality and price would

be normal.