History and Facts:
This dark green, leafy vegetable is a native of Asia, probably of Persian origin and was probably introduced into Europe around the fifteenth century. Because of the vegetables iron and chlorophyll content, wine fortified with spinach juice was used to treat French soldiers weakened by hemorrhage. Depending on the variety, spinach leaves may be either curled or smooth.

Nutritional Value:
Spinach is fat and cholesterol free and is low in calories. It is a good source of fiber and magnesium, and is high in vitamin A and C, iron and folate.

Spinach may be refrigerated for up to three days in a plastic bag.

February through March

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