The leek , Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum (L.), also sometimes known as Allium porrum, is a vegetable which belongs, along with the onion and garlic, to the Alliaceae family. Dried specimens from archaeological sites in ancient Egypt, as well as wall carvings and drawings, leed to conclude that the leek was a part of the Egyptian diet "from at least the 2nd millennium B.C. onwards." It had been also grown in Mesopotamia from the beginning of the 2nd millennium B.C. and was consumed most often in soup.