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    Leeks are root vegetables that look quite similar to onions, to which they are related. Their flavor is onion-like but much milder. People who avoid leeks because they don't like onions should try them -- their flavor is mellow and not overpowering, and many onion-haters love leeks. Leeks do not form much of a bulb on the end of the root as onions do. Instead, they remain cylindrical, with perhaps a slight bulge at the end. The part of the leek that is under ground remains tender and white, while the part exposed to the sunlight becomes tough and fibrous and not very good eating. Leeks are a great source of fiber in your diet, and may actually help lower cholesterol. They're also packed with important vitamins and minerals, including potassium.