Spinach

Description: There are three different types of spinach generally available though all are Food - spinachdeep green in color. Savoy has crisp, creased curly leaves that have a springy texture. Smooth-leaf has flat, unwrinkled, spade-shaped leaves, while semi-savoy is similar in texture to savoy but is not as crinkled in appearance.

Availability: March – May / September – October

Facts: Made famous by cartoon character Popeye who ate it by the can. It’s much better fresh! Spinach grows quickly. It can be harvested and eaten after only 37 to 45 days!

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup

Selection: Choose fresh, crisp, green bunches with no evidence of insect damage.

Food - nutrition label spinachStorage: Loosely wrap in damp paper towel. Refrigerate in plastic bag for use within 3-5 days.

Nutrition Benefits: Fat free; saturated fat free; cholesterol free; low calorie; high in dietary fiber; excellent source of fiber; high in vitamin A; high in vitamin C; high in iron, high in folate; good source of magnesium.

Pigments: chlorophyll, beta-carotene, lutein

Phytochemicals: glutathione, alpha-lipoic acid, D-glucaric acid, saponins, patuletin, spinacetin, spinatoside

ORAC Score: 1,260

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