St David’s Day

Posted by David Thompson | 27/02/2015 | Category: Community

This Sunday (1st March) is St David’s Day, commemorating the life of the patron saint of Wales.

While not a national holiday in the UK, you can always celebrate Welsh heritage and culture using St David’s personal symbol – the leek.

Why the leek? There are many theories, a popular one being that on the eve of battle with the Saxons, St David advised Welsh soldiers to wear leeks on their helmets in order to distinguish friends from enemy, leading them to victory.

As well as pinning one to your clothes, leeks can also be used as a main ingredient for some delicious dishes, including Creamy Leek and Chicken Chowder and Creamed Leek Bruschetta with Crispy Bacon and Mint.

Be sure to look out for locally grown and seasonally fresh leeks as part of our ‘Pick of the Crop’ range available in selected Central England Co-operative stores.

Of course, a more pleasant smelling alternative and one that is easier on the eye is to wear a daffodil instead.  The national flower of Wales, you can find daffodils in our stores as we approach spring.

Whether you decide on leeks or daffodils, let us know how you plan on marking St David’s Day by tweeting us at @mycoopfood using the hashtag #mycooptreats or posting on our Facebook page.