Please Pass the Olive Oil

Spinach

Renegade Spinach

I cannot express how ridiculously excited I am at having a garden.  I’m finally living in a house with sufficient space to have a little patch of land all my own to till, sow, and enjoy.  I planted spinach, carrots, tomatoes, and carrots.

In case you were curious, here are some quick facts about the grooviness of spinach:

  • Spinach is a seriously nutrient-dense food.  It contains vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, and folate, just to name a few.
  • Spinach may be a fierce cancer fighter.  It contains certain flavonoids and carotenoids that are showing promising results in lab studies.
  • The oxalic acid in spinach can block absorption of calcium and iron, so try to pair your spinach dish with a food high in vitamin c.  Or you can boil the spinach for a minute or two.
  • Boiling spinach actually makes it better for you because your body is unable to break down completely the raw spinach.

Got your fork?  Salad’s ready y’all!

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10 responses

    • Curiously enough, it’s the same with carrots (about the cooking, I mean). They are too fibrous, so the boiling softens them up a bit for easier digestion. And I know what you mean about raw spinach. . . me too! Juicing them makes them more digestible, too, so you can have raw spinach if you throw it in a blender with some berries and ginger and celery or whatever catches your fancy!

  1. I love the pure joy gardening can bring. There is nothing that compares to that giddy feeling of seeing your sprouts push through the earth and then become food! Congratulations on having your own patch of earth and growing your food. It is a fabulous experience to share with your family.

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