- Difference between baby spinach and flat leaf spinach – baby spinach is more sweet and tender, whereas flat leaf is slightly more bitter and chewier
- Spinach is full of many vitamins and minerals including – vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium and vitamin B6 to name a few.
- Spinach helps protect your heart, bones and helps protect you from cancer. Spinach has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties
How to Select and Store Spinach
- Choose spinach that has vibrant deep green leaves and stems with no signs of yellowing. The leaves should look fresh and tender, and not be wilted or bruised.
- Do not wash spinach before storing as the exposure to water encourages spoilage.
- Place spinach in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the spinach, squeezing out as much of the air as possible.
- Place in refrigerator where it will keep fresh for up to 5 days.
How to Enjoy Spinach
- Spinach should be washed very well since the leaves and stems tend to collect sand and soil. Before washing, trim off the roots and separate the leaves.
- Place the spinach in a large bowl of tepid water and swish the leaves around with your hands as this will allow any dirt to become dislodged.
- Remove the leaves from the water, empty the bowl, refill with clean water and repeat this process until no dirt remains in the water
The Healthiest Way to Cook Spinach
- Spinach is only one of three vegetables we recommend boiling to free up acids and allow them to leach into the boiling water; this brings out a sweeter taste from the spinach.
- Discard the boiling water after cooking; do not drink it or use it for stock because of its acid content.
- Use a large pot (3 quart) with lots of water and bring to a rapid boil. Add spinach to the boiling water and boil for 1 minute
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