Garden leek

Scientific Name: Allium porrum L.

Arabic name(s): الكُرَّاث

English name(s): Garden leek

Growth form: Leek is an edible biennial plant.

Order: Asparagales

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Allium L.

Species: Allium porrum L.

Citation in the Quran:

The plant is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Citation in the Hadit:

Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) forbade eating of onions and leek. When we were overpowered by a desire (to eat) we ate them. Upon this he (the Holy Prophet) said: He who eats of this offensive plant must not approach our mosque, for the angels are harmed by the same things as men. Sahih Muslim, book of prayers .

Habitat & Distribution:

Leek is one of the oldest cultivated plant; Dried specimens from archaeological sites in ancient Egypt.

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