It seems like everyone in the U.S. is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. Irish descent or not, it's shamrocks, corned beef and cabbage all around. St. David's Day keeps a lower profile. Many have never heard of this feast day, although, it was recognized as in 2003 as a national day for people of Welsh origin. The Empire State Building has been floodlit in the colors of the Welsh flag on March 1st.
St. David, the patron saint of Wales, was believed to be 100 years old when he died in 589. This gentle man, of royal lineage, founded many churches and a monastery. Leeks, an ancient symbol of Wales, are often consumed on St. David's Day. The most famous leek might be the one on the cap of the Welsh Guard. Haven't heard of this group? Picture the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
If your family immegrated from Wales like my husband's or if you're just eager to try this underused plant, here are a list of recipes to help you out: