Also known as Allium Tricoccum. The natives covered the bulbs with grass, and baked them in a bed of ashes. They were important survival food for the pioneers, which had vitamin deficiencies in the spring. Cows will eat all the wild leek they can find, but it taints their milk and butter. A strong tea of a bulb could effectively induce vomiting. Caution: leeks may cause gastric distress so eat sparingly.
Drink a bulb infusion to treat colds, and high blood pressure. Natives made a poultice from the juice of the strong summer bulbs to alleviate the pain and itching of bee stings.
Leek contains protein, vitamin C, sulfur, essential oil and is low in sodium. The greener parts of the leaves are more nutritious than the more tender parts.