How to cook Spinach
Baby spinach leaves can be eaten raw in salads or whizzed up into smoothies, dressings and sauces. The larger ones are better sautéed or steamed and served as a side dish, or added top pasta, pies or frittatas.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Spinach is a leafy vegetable in the Goosefoot plant family, which also includes beetroot.
Spinach became famous thanks to a cartoon character called Popeye – he was a sailor who’d gulp down whole tins of spinach to make him fit and strong. Popeye first appeared in comic books in 1929.
Spinach contains a high percentage of water which is why it shrinks a lot when cooked.
There are two main types of spinach: the smooth-leaved variety and the more crinkly Savoy spinach.
Look for spinach leaves that are fresh and have a strong green colour. Avoid leaves that are wilting, pale or yellow.
What are the health benefits?
Spinach is a good source of folate. Folate is a nutrient we need to make red blood cells – we need red blood cells to transport oxygen around our body.