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    Just sorting out my leek collection and I'm confused about their names.
    I bought some called "Tornado" from a small company and the packet had no growing information.

    "Tornado" is sold by DTBrown as Autumn Mammoth 2 (Tornado).

    MrF sells Autumn Mammoth 2 - Snowstar.

    Are they different varieties or are Autumn Mammoth 2 & Tornado & Snowstar the same leek....................

    Was there an Autumn Mammoth 1?

    Is there really much difference between leeks anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post

    Is there really much difference between leeks anyway?
    Yes on our allotment there are 2 varieties: those with allium leaf miner and those that are about to be visited by allium leaf miner.

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    Only difference I've noticed is short squat ( leaves almost all the way to the ground) or quite long ( leaves just on top, a bad impression of an anorexic pineapple )
    All tast the same. To me anyway.

    Can't help with name confusion, sorry.

    So as ever not much help really

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    From the title, I had visions of you naming all your individual leeks as they grew...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    From the title, I had visions of you naming all your individual leeks as they grew...
    Of course I do, I need to know the variety as that is their surname.
    For example, Thomas Tornado and Alex Autumn Mammoth.

    I'd be so embarrassed to find that Thomas was not a Tornado but Alex's brother.

    Hope you understand now why its so important.to know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Small pumpkin View Post
    Only difference I've noticed is short squat ( leaves almost all the way to the ground) or quite long ( leaves just on top, a bad impression of an anorexic pineapple )
    All tast the same. To me anyway.

    Can't help with name confusion, sorry.

    So as ever not much help really
    Some have bluey leaves and some are paler, I have some that call themselves Violet but haven't tried them yet.

    .......and some say they are summer leeks and some are over wintering


    ........and some say they are baby leeks (but every leek is a baby at some stage in its life).
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    The French sell the bluer ones as winter hardy (remember we can get temps as low as -18C)
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    ^That's worth knowing, thanks.

    Leeks taste all the same to me. But I have to admit to growing mostly F1s because I want early (Megaton) and late (Sultan) leeks. The early ones are ready for picking at a decent size in early September.
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