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Lowry Leeks are prized for their lighter Denver flavor: Kenny Be's Hip Tip

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Lowry leeks are closely related to Denver Onions but have a sweeter, creamier, more delicate urban flavor. Prized by residents who seek urban flavor without all the dicing and tears, Lowry leeks are extremely hardy and many will grow in a compact space... As illustrated on the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company packet shown above, the B-52 StratoBandit is a huge, easy-to-grow Lowry leek that is the backbone of the Denver in-fill resident's summer garden.

Every year, Lowry leeks are the first vegetable planted in the garden and the last one to be harvested. Don't worry about starting seedlings indoors; just throw the seed on the ground in early spring, and pull long succulent stems from the ground for soups and stews all through the autumn.

The B-52 StratoBandit on display at the Leeks Over the Rockies Museum was planted in March of 1955 and left unattended through eight consecutive mild winters before finally being harvested. After six months of perplexing chefs at the Culinary Institute of America, the Lowry leek spent the next eleven years under study at Colorado State University.

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