Spinach

Spinach is a vegetable mainly used as an ingredient in many recipes. It is a plant variety and consists of dark green leaves. This green leafy vegetable is considered one of the healthiest vegetables available to mankind. In botanical terms it is called 'spinacia oleracea', and is a flowering plant in the family of Amaranthaceae.

It can be eaten raw or cooked as an ingredient in various spinach dishes. It is available throughout the year and can be bought fresh, canned or in frozen form.

 

Origin Of Spinach

This green leafy vegetable originated in Iran. In 64 A.D. it was found in China and by 1100 A.D in Spain. The colonists brought this vegetable to America. In Asia, these greens have been used for many centuries. It reached Europe in the eighth century.

 

The Spinach Plant And Its Types

Spinach plants are grown in moderate climate. The leaves of the plant are consumed in various forms. The flowers of these plants are yellow in color.

Many varieties of spinach are grown in different parts of world. The three main types are savoy, semi savoy and flat/ smooth leaf.

 

Popular Spinach Recipes

Spinach dishes are popular all over the world and can be consumed both in raw and cooked form. The vegetable is used in preparation of many spinach recipes.

Some of the known spinach recipes are Baked Creamed Spinach, Creamy Spinach Salad, Cheese Spinach Bake, Chicken and Spinach Soup.

Some popular Indian spinach dishes are spinach dal, spinach tikkas, and spinach with cottage cheese.

 

Precautions To Be Taken While Cooking Spinach Dishes

The dishes made from spinach are healthy and taste good. However,prior to cooking, the leaves should be washed well and dry and damaged leaves should be discarded. While using these leaves in various spinach recipes, overcooking should be avoided as it will lead to loss of nutrients and texture of spinach.

 

Nutritional Value Of Spinach Recipes

Spinach dishes are mostly low in calories. These leaves are rich source of minerals and vitamins. Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese are present in high levels in this vegetable. It also has high calcium content and contains dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, and Folate. These greens are also a potential source of phytonutrients and many antioxidants. The level of cholesterol and saturated fats is low in spinach recipes.

 

Trivia- Spinach

A famous cartoon character, Popeye eats spinach as a power boosting tonic in the television series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Spinach Blogs

What Can You Make With Boiled Spinach

What Can You Make With Boiled Spinach On : 29-Dec-2010 By : yummyyum

Spinach is superbly nutritious and the nutrition is best conserved when the dark green leaves are boiled for recipes. Those who consume spinach for health benefits should know “ what can you make with boiled spinach ”. There are many boiled spinach ...

Top 5 Spinach Recipes For Your Family

Top 5 Spinach Recipes For Your Family On : 13-Dec-2013 By : foodquest

  Spinach is one of the best known healthy foods that you should include in your diet. However, not everyone is a fan of spinach dishes when you make them at home, but that shouldn’t stop you from making them. Here are a few...

How To Eat Spinach - The Underrated Green

How To Eat Spinach - The Underrated Green On : 02-Jan-2011 By : Samina Tapia

You don’t have to eat spinach the way Popeye does! Spinach is a rather underrated green and disliked for its pungent flavor but it is indeed a superfood, low calorie but high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. It is the greatest of the...

How To Slice Spinach To Put Into Soup

How To Slice Spinach To Put Into Soup On : 16-Feb-2011 By : green olive

  Before proceeding to slice spinach for soup, choose the ones that fresh and green. You can slice organically fresh spinach as they are free from chemicals and have more nutrients. The leaves must be large and full for slicing spinach ...

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