In 640 AD the Welsh wore leeks in a battle to distinguish themselves from the enemy. The leek became a symbol of pride. The Hebrew word for leek comes from another word meaning to cut off. They eat leeks at Rosh Hashanah as a symbol of wishing for enemies to be cut off.

It is said is a lucky plant to grow and when worn scares off evil spirits and human enemies. When fighters wore it it was suppose to bring victory without injury.