Why You Should Eat Spinach
Spinach is really good for you!
History of spinach
Spinach dates back to the 14th century. Spinach comes from a central and southwestern Asian gene center where it may have originated from Spinacia tetranda, which is still gathered as a wild edible green in Anatolia. Spinach was unknown to the ancient Mediterranean world. The first references to spinach are from Sasanian Persia (about 226-640 A.D.) and we know that in 647 it was taken from Nepal to China where it was, and still is, known as the "Persian green."
Spinach Ricotta Dip
A few interesting facts
Spinach is a member of the goose-foot family, which makes it a relative to beets and chard
In the 1930’s U.S. spinach growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in domestic spinach consumption.
The spinach growing town of Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of Popeye in 1937. Spinach leaves are a mild diuretic and mild laxative.
Medieval artists extracted green pigment from spinach to use as an ink or paint.
China is the world’s largest spinach producer with 85% of global production.
Spinach is best eaten fresh. It loses nutritional properties with each passing day.