Did you know there are actually 3 varieties of spinach? Savoy spinach, flat leaf spinach, and semi-savoy spinach. Read on to find out more fun facts about this leafy green.
1.- Where does it come from?
Spinach is native to central and south-west Asia, but the first cultivation was made in Persia, where it derives its name from: اسفناج Esfenaj.
2.- How did it get to Europe?
The Arabs introduced it to Spain in around the 11th century and it spread throughout Europe by the 15 th cetury.
3.- What are its benefits?
Spinach is considered a rich source of iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folic acid, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, proteins, phosphorous, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3. In fact, 100g of spinach has more iron than a 100g of hamburger patty!
4.- It was popular with historical figures
Spinach was the favorite vegetable of Catherine de 'Medici, a historical figure in the 16th century in Italy.
5.- March 26th is National Spinach Day.
Extra fact: Spinach is actually related to beetroot!
If you like spinach, and would like to add more of it to your diet, try these delicious spinach croquettes.