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It’s Saint David’s Day on Sunday, so I found myself today in a field of leeks doing a piece for the end of the news programme.  Apart from getting very muddy shoes, I also learnt a lot of stuff about this humble root vegetable.

It was farmed by the ancient Egyptians.  Roman Emperor Nero loved leeks. He thought it improved his singing voice.  I doubt anyone would tell him he wasn’t a great crooner.  You don’t get many tyrants on X Factor, because they don’t like the criticism.

The leek arrived in Wales via Phoenecian traders. They swapped leeks for tin.  I think they came out tops in that deal, but I find leeks a bit oniony.  Which is odd because I like onions.

In 640 AD the Welsh King Cadwallader made his troops wear leeks in their hats to distinguish them from the Saxon invaders.  The Welsh won a great victory and the leek became the national symbol.

Also if a young woman puts a leek under her pillow on St David’s night she will dream of her future husband.  This may or may not work, but it’s worth a go.