We all know that Popeye the sailor man made himself super strong by eating spinach. Popeye popularized spinach, but it's too bad he ate it out of a can. Fresh spinach retains the delicacy of texture and green color that is lost when spinach is processed. Raw spinach has a mild, slightly sweet taste that can be refreshing in salads, leafy green vegetables like spinach with its delicate texture and jade green color provide more nutrients than any other food. Choose spinach that has vibrant deep green leaves and stems with no signs of yellowing.
The leaves should look fresh and tender, and not be wilted or bruised. Avoid those that have a slimy coating as this is an indication of decay.Do not wash spinach before storing as the exposure to water it can be spoilage. Place spinach in a plastic storage bag and wrap the bag tightly around the spinach, squeezing out as much of the air as possible. Place in refrigerator where it will keep fresh for up to 5 days. Avoid storing cooked spinach as it will not keep very well.
Growing your spinach:- Spinach has a deep taproot so pick a container that can allow that root to grow and is around 10 to 12 inches deep.
Mix some soil. A good mix for indoor vegetables would be 1 part potting soil, 1part cow dried cow dung and organic vegetable peel compost .. I grew my spinach from seeds . And you can grow same method with spinach stems .
Plant Spinach seeds or stems 1/2″ deep. Spinach seeds germinate best in soils .Germination takes 7-14 days.
Lighting: Spinach will need 6-8 hours of bright light. A bright room or an enclosed, sunny window balcony where temperatures will not dip down to freezing would be a good place to place your pots.
Just make sure the area you put your containers stays cool! Spinach will bolt if it gets too hot. Super easy and fast to set up.
Thinning: Once germinated, thin Spinach to one seedling every 3″ or so.
Watering: Spinach needs to be evenly moist throughout its growing season so monitor it fairly closely.
Fertilizing: After your seeds have germinated and you have thinned your plants, Feed every two weeks and use a balanced organic fertilizer for best results .
Harvest: Spinach is ready to harvest when the leaves are big enough to pick.
Harvest spinach by either cutting the leaves away from the plant or by pulling the entire plant out.
Spinach leaves benefit from cooling immediately after harvest.
For other simple ways to use spinach, try it in your salads, lasagna, soups, omelets, or even a stir-fry. Spinach is hearty enough to be great in any form you can buy it in, whether it is loose, packaged, canned, or frozen.
The beta carotene, folate and Vitamin C in this leafy green makes it MUST EAT veg for kids
The Healthiest Way of Cooking Spinach
Spinach is only one of three vegetables we recommend boiling to free up acids and allow them to leach into the boiling water; this brings out a sweeter taste from the spinach. Discard the boiling water after cooking; do not drink it or use it for stock because of its acid content.
Like Popeye, I really like spinach