So what is your opinion of Spinach? I happen to like it, in a salad, cooked with a little butter and vinegar on it, or when it is used in a dip. Thinking of artichoke-spinach dip I’m willing to bet that when someone came up with that idea the consumption of both vegetables increased. Humans are funny, they won’t eat something on its own, but when stirred into a dip with lots of salt it becomes desirable, especially when it’s hot and bubbly. Makes me smile just thinking about it.
I have eaten at a fair number of restaurants and knew Florentine meant spinach, but didn’t know why. The National Day of Calendar tells us During her reign as queen of France, Catherine de Medici was well-known to have enjoyed spinach so much that it was served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine” reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence. (Can you imagine spinach at EVERY meal? Me neither.)
- Spinach is:
- Eaten raw or cooked and is available fresh, frozen or canned.
- One of the best sources of iron.
- An excellent source of calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein, calcium and vitamins A, C and K.
- Is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants
- Believed to help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.
So there you have it……Spinach is good for you.
Thinking back to when my children were so young they were eating baby food, feeding them spinach has a strong visual memory attached. First off it’s dark green, so mixed with drool or maybe even having it spit out was an unsightly mess. Seems it also stained the baby bib or clothing. Wow, my babies are both over 40 now, and I can see that like it was yesterday. They were so cute when they were little. I digress.
Every time I write a post about food it makes me want some. Perhaps a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing would be a good lunch choice today.