31 Leek (Allium ampeloprasum L.)
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botanical background


order: Asparagales

family: Amarylidaceae

genus: Allium

species: wild leek (Allium ampeloprasum)

attributes: biennial herbaceous plant, up to 80 centimeters in height

origin: Mediterranean to central Asia

habitat: by now also central America and Austrlia


in the Bible

We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic.

Numbers 11,5-6


In the Old Testament leek (Allium ampeloprasum L.), used as legume and spice, is mentioned once (Hebrew חָצִיר ḥāṣîr), in the New Testament not at all.

Leek is numbered amongst other legumes in the fourth book of Moses. The people of Israel protests against the Lord‘s command. It describes it‘s now lopsided alimentation in the desert and remembers the rich supply of Egypt.


mentions: one

text passage: Numbers 11,5-6



Achenbach, Reinhard: Murren, in: Das wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet (Jan. 2007), URL: https://www.bibelwissenschaft.de/wibilex/das-bibellexikon/lexikon/sachwort/anzeigen/details/murren/ch/79950b94ce0aaa01661c3e99d4a79501/ (abgerufen am 01.05.2023).

Riede, Peter: Lauch, in: Das wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet (Juli 2018), URL: https://www.bibelwissenschaft.de/wibilex/das-bibellexikon/lexikon/sachwort/anzeigen/details/lauch-1/ch/4f54f37b67c7fb2d755df06a4a723594/ (abgerufen am 01.05.2023).

Modern King James Version.

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