Spinach is an international ingredient that highlights any dish. Here’s some trivia about the green veggie – from Persia to Popeye.
- Spinach is believed to be of Persian origin, and introduced to Europe in the 15th century. There are writings about spinach dating all the way back to the 10th century.
- Popeye ate spinach to be strong because of the high iron content. BUT, it’s not exactly what everyone thought. When German chemist Erich von Wolf studied spinach’s chemical compound in 1870, he misplaced a decimal point, making it 35 milligrams of iron content per 100, instead of the correct amount of 3.5. it wasn’t until 1937 that the published error was corrected, and Popeye had already been around for 8 years.
- Spinach is equally beneficial whether it’s raw or cooked. The nutrients that exist in raw form, like Vitamin C, are made up for in the nutrients that increase when cooked, like iron. So if you’re looking to spinach to get your iron, eat it cooked and pair it with tomatoes or citrus to get the best absorption.
- Spinach was the first vegetable to be sold frozen.
- Due to the photosynthesis cells, it can help curb an appetite. It also may enhance workouts. You can read more about these studies from Men’s Journal.
Now you want more spinach, right? Get some.