Wednesday, March 26, 2014

National Spinach Day, In the News, and Enjoy

National Spinach Day -Today is National Spinach Day!

The Spinach plant is native to Asia. Food historians believe that Spinach was first domesticated in Nepal during the first century. From Nepal it was taken to China. Between the 11th and 16th centuries, spinach grew in popularity around Europe.

Today, the United States is the second largest producer of Spinach (China is first). The states that grow the most spinach are California, Arizona, and New Jersey. The U.S. exports most of its Spinach to Canada.

Spinach is one of the best iron sources. One serving of spinach has 6.43 mg of iron—over 2 mg more than one serving of beef. Spinach is also a great source of calcium and folic acid. Spinach has anti-inflammatory properties and have been linked to the prevention of many cancers. Spinach—along with other dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and kale—are some of the most healthful foods.

When buying spinach, buy only those with dark green leaves that show no signs of yellowing, limpness, or wilting. Also, do not pick spinach that has a slimy film on them as this is a sign that the spinach is decaying.

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