Every once in a while I come across a food that has so much goodness going for it, that it’s astonishing. Spinach is one of those foods. It has iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin A, folic acid, B vitamins, and lutein for eye-health. But on the negative side, spinach has an ingredient that can lead to kidney stones. So, if you’re prone to these, you might want to avoid spinach or to make sure you have it in combination with other foods, vitamins or minerals to make sure it doesn’t do harm. Check out what this doctor has to say about the pluses and minuses of spinach. Information is power.

Here’s an informative, 5-minute video on growing spinach. Here’s an excellent 9-minute recipe for a grilled chicken-spinach salad. Here’s a fab, 1-minute recipe for a simple dish of sauteed spinach and mushrooms. Sweet!

FunFacts about Spinach: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an edible flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae native to central and western Asia. Its leaves are commonly eaten as a vegetable, either fresh, frozen, canned, chipped, or dehydrated. (Source)
  • In 2016, China produced 92% of the world’s supply of spinach.
  • When allowed to flower, spinach produces small yellow flowers.
  • It’s believed that spinach originated in ancient Persia, today’s modern Iran.
  • In 827 AD, the Saracens brought spinach to Sicily.
  • One of the reasons spinach became popular was because it could be grown in early spring when other vegetables couldn’t.
  • Spinach has numerous health benefits. It can aid in helping with macular degeneration, regulating blood pressure, strengthening muscles, building bones and much more. Go here for more information.
  • There are three basic types of spinach: Savoy, which has crinkly leaves, smooth, and semi-savoy.
  • Warning: Commercially-grown spinach is often sprayed heavily with pesticides. Look for organic whenever possible.

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36 thoughts on “Spinach

  1. I tend to like spinach over all the other green leafy vegetables. Spinach salad is pretty tasty, and I especially like it with pieces of hard boiled egg on top!

  2. I love spinach but can’t eat it often due to kidney stones. I try and eat it at least once a month but my family doesn’t like it.

  3. What a versatile food! I love spinach in any form. I always try to look for organic in nearly everything I purchase. Every little bit helps!

  4. I’m a HUGE lover of fresh spinach!! I love it in salads and also use fresh when I make spinach dip..it’s so much better than the frozen!! I also use it on sandwiches instead of lettuce!!

  5. I didn’t know about the kidney stones but I won’t have to worry about that as I rarely eat it. I like spinach salad and when it’s in a quiche.

  6. Love the pictures and I LOVE spinach, whether raw in salads or cooked. Didn’t know about kidney stones though. Sometimes I replace lettuce with spinach leaves on sandwiches. AZ

  7. I like spinach but up to a point. I know that it can be constipating, probably due to its high iron content, so limiting it in one’s diet is best.

  8. I love spinach! It was one of the only veggies I ate in preschool. My love can be directly traced back to Popeye cartoons 😉

  9. I love growing my own spinach! There’s nothing like going out to your own raised bed and gathering the leaves yourself. It’s wonderful to be able to eat something you had a hand in growing. It somehow tastes even better than the organic spinach you can purchase at the farmer’s market or store.

  10. Love it in quiche.

    I do like hot, wilted cooked spinach served in the restaurants drizzled with s lightly flavored garic butter sauce.

  11. I haven’t tried growing spinach yet. I love to just zap a bowl of it in the microwave, add a little butter and salt and eat while it’s hot (so the iron doesn’t chelate on my teeth and make them feel weird). Thanks for the great post!

  12. I have never cared for cooked spinach, but I love it raw. I have used it as a replacement for lettuce when I didn’t have any and it was great. I make sure I always add it to my garden salads

  13. The only thing I like about spinach is the color. My daughter is a vegetarian, so I sent her the recipe for the spinach and mushrooms.

  14. I truly enjoy raw spinach, and a strawberry spinach salad is to die for. Please don’t give me cooked spinach, I will get sick every time. My husband says it’s all in my head. Maybe it is, but the result is still the same..

  15. Another one of those foods I hated as a child and can’t get enough of as an adult. My all time favorite spinach dish is the salad made with mushrooms, bacon and bacon vinaigrette dressing.

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