Spinach Facts

Spinach Recipes

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a flowering plant in the family of Amaranthaceae. It is another one of the greens grown on our farm that is considered a SUPERFOOD. Eating fresh spinach is the best way to be benefit from all of its nutritional wonders. This green vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B6. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin E. In addition, it is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, niacin and selenium.

Storage and Handling

Make sure that you use your spinach promptly. By the 8th day after harvest, even when refrigerated well, spinach has lost so many of its nutrients that it might not even be worthy of Super Food status anymore. For example, almost half the folic acid is gone after 8 days (Aren’t you lucky to get it fresh from the farm?) Use that spinach as soon as possible, and blanch and freeze it if you can’t use it quickly. Fresh spinach should be dried and packed loosely in a cellophane or plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator crisper. If stored properly, it should last 3 or 4 days.

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