Description: There are three different types of spinach generally available though all are deep green in color. Savoy has crisp, creased curly leaves that have a springy texture. Smooth-leaf has flat, unwrinkled, spade-shaped leaves, while semi-savoy is similar in texture to savoy but is not as crinkled in appearance.
Availability: March – May / September – October
Facts: Made famous by cartoon character Popeye who ate it by the can. It’s much better fresh! Spinach grows quickly. It can be harvested and eaten after only 37 to 45 days!
Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Selection: Choose fresh, crisp, green bunches with no evidence of insect damage.
Nutrition Benefits: Fat free; saturated fat free; cholesterol free; low calorie; high in dietary fiber; excellent source of fiber; high in vitamin A; high in vitamin C; high in iron, high in folate; good source of magnesium.
Pigments: chlorophyll, beta-carotene, lutein
Phytochemicals: glutathione, alpha-lipoic acid, D-glucaric acid, saponins, patuletin, spinacetin, spinatoside
ORAC Score: 1,260