National Spinach Day is observed on 26 march every year to recognize its health benefits as it contains good amount of iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B2, and potassium.
Spinach is a green leafy vegetable that began in Persia. It was introduced with China in the 7th century, logical brought to Europe in about the 12th century and afterward to the US in 1806. Because of its starting point, spinach is known as “Persian Green” in China.
This day falls shortly after National Cocktail Day which is celebrated or recognized on 24th March.
What to Do on National Spinach day ?
1. Make a spinach dish
There are many dishes with recipes available on Internet which you can try. If you usually enjoy cooked spinach, make a spinach salad for your next meal. If you love you some raw-spinach-y goodness, try it cooked! It’s always nice to expand your palette, and to get a couple new recipes under your belt. You go, Master Chef.
2. Watch Popeye cartoon series
Popeye The Sailor Man is a fictional cartoon character that appeared comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. It is owned by Turner Entertainment. It began appearing on T.V as an animated cartoon series in 1960’s. In this cartoon show a sailor popeye used to eat packed spinach in can to fight his enemies.
3. Plant Spinach
You can show some respect to spinach vegetable by planting it in your garden. It will save you money, because you’re not buying spinach from the store. It will provide you with a challenge—keeping a plant alive is no walk in the park.
Benefits Of spinach
Spinach can have magical benefits on your health as it contains a significant amount of Calcium, Iron and Magnesium.
- Reduces Blood Sugar
- Natural Anti-Ageing Properties
- Prevents Acne
- Gives Glowing Skin
- Prevents Anaemia
- Boosts Your Immunity
- Prevents Heart Attacks and Atherosclerosis
- Keeps Your Brain healthy Functioning Normally
- Has Anti-inflammatory Properties
- Reduces Hypertension
- Increases Eye Sight
- Reduces Blood Sugar
- Prevents Cancer
- Aids in Good Bone Health
Main Types Of Spinach
- Savoy spinach
- Smooth- or flat-leaf
- Malabar Spinach
Spinach farming & Harvesting
Spinach is a cool-weather conditions crop, so plant it right off the bat in the spring for best outcomes. Spinach doesn’t fill well in the warm summer temperatures.
Gather a couple of external leaves from each plant (with the goal that internal leaves can create) when leaves arrive at wanted size, or collect the whole plant, cutting the stem at the base.
Try not to stand by too lengthy to even think about collecting or sit tight for bigger leaves. Sharpness will set in rapidly after development. Know about day length and hotness: Increasing sunshine (around 14 hours or longer) and hotter occasional temperatures can make spinach bolt (foster a huge tail with smaller leaves and buds/blossoms/seeds), which turns leaf taste harsh.
Some Historic facts
- In 1533 Queen consort of France Catherine de’ Medici likes spinach so much that she orders it for her every meal.
- In 1614 Spinach begins to be used as stuffing for tortellini.
- In 1960 The cartoon series “Popeye the Sailor” airs on television, encouraging kids to eat more spinach for super strength.
- Spinach was first introduced as persian vegetable to India and China by nepalese people.
Some Spinach Quotes
- “The answer isn’t another pill. The answer is spinach.” ~ Bill Maher
- “This would be a better place for children if parents had to eat spinach.” ~ Groucho Marx
- “Leafy greens such as romaine lettuce, kale, collards, Swiss chard, and spinach are the most nutrient-dense of all foods.” ~ Joel Fuhrman
- “If God had wanted me to lose weight he would have made sure there was creamed spinach for dessert.” ~ Janet Evanovich
- “I love to bake. I like to bake with wheat and try not to eat sugar so I use applesauce instead, which probably sounds really gross. When I was doing the promos we included tomatoes, mangoes, rice – all the different ways you can eat them – and we were able to incorporate some of the recipes I’ve learned, like a spinach mango salad. It was really fun to get creative with food because sometimes people forget that.” ~ Brenda Song