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  • Feb 19, 2010

Botanical Name of Spinach


The botanical name is Spinacia oleracea.


Spinach is part of the family of Swiss Chard and Beetroot.

Growing Spinach


Spinach Companions


Celery, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Pea and Strawberry all grow well in the vicinity of Spinach.


Spinach nutritional value


It includes the health giving qualities of Vitamin A, C and E. It has fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients. Spinach is full of calcium which strengthens bones.  Spinach helps control heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and arthritis. Spinach keeps cataracts at bay, and maintains the memory.

Cooking with Spinach


Harvest fresh spinach regularly. Spinach is steamed or cooked in stews, it is used in salads. Make sandwiches, pies and omelets more interesting by adding this vegetable

 When you are short of creative ideas for quick easy to prepare meals you can indulge in this health giving meal


Spinach frittata


1 onion

Oil for frying

Sprinkle of sesame seed

2-4 eggs

1-2 potatoes

Big handful of fresh spinach

2-3 slices of ham (optional)

1 clove of garlic

Fresh oregano / basil

Salt and pepper


Fry the chopped onion in oil. Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds.  Skin the potatoes and chop them into small pieces and fry with the onion. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the spinach, garlic, ham and herbs when the potatoes soften. Pour the eggs over the mixture and cover with a lid. When the eggs are cooked through, turn off the heat. Serve with fresh salad or homemade bread.







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March 02, 2010
I get this vege a lot in China. Really good & healthy stuff. When cooked right, it's delicious!
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Quick Tip by . June 28, 2011
posted in Green Living
A very bitter vegetable which tastes decent with salt or when it's raw. It has a reputation for being iron-rich, but this reputation turned out to be a mistake due to a misplaced decimal point which just got out of control before anyone noticed it.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
Spinach gives you all of the benefits of a leafy green vegetable with a kick of calcium. I like spinach in salads and smoothies.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
Spinach is versatile...sandwiches, salads, quiches, lasagna. Yum
Quick Tip by . June 01, 2010
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
Spinach is a green I taught myself to like on salads. With just the right amount of cider vinegar and unfiltered cold pressed olive oil...
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Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an edible flowering plant in the family of Amaranthaceae. It is native to central and southwestern Asia. It is an annual plant (rarely biennial), which grows to a height of up to 30 cm. Spinach may survive over winter in temperate regions. The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to triangular-based, very variable in size from about 2-30 cm long and 1-15 cm broad, with larger leaves at the base of the plant and small leaves higher on the flowering stem. The flowers are inconspicuous, yellow-green, 3-4 mm diameter, maturing into a small, hard, dry, lumpy fruit cluster 5-10 mm across containing several seeds.
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