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Growing up I was never a big fan of spinach. As I have gotten older my palette has matured along with the rest of me and now I like spinach. You can eat spinach raw or cooked. Recipes will saute, boil, fry or it can be eaten raw. One of my favorite recipes is creamed spinach.
a la Florentine or Spinach Facts
You will find spinach in two varieties including flat or smooth leafed spinach or savoy. Savoy comes as a crinkly leafed version or a semi-Savoy which has slightly curly leaves.
When buying at the farmers market look for the semi savoy or flat-leaf spinach. This will help you end up with less grit in your spinach dishes as curly leaved spinach may hold more soil in its leaves.
When shopping for spinach you can find it in the freezer section, in the fresh vegetables, or canned at the grocery store, or available fresh from the farmers market.
Spinach retains its best flavor eaten fresh in a salad or when cooked from fresh or frozen sources. I generally avoid canned which takes me back to my childhood and school lunches with spinach included as a side dish.
When selecting fresh spinach, look for bunches with bright green color and a sweet smell. Avoid yellowed, spotted, and limp selections. Look for thin leaves from younger plants and the spinach will have a tender texture and less bitter flavor.
Greens, including spinach, will keep approximately 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. If you aren't able to eat your spinach in a short period of time after purchasing, simply freeze it.
To freeze fresh spinach, you will need to thoroughly wash, blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes, cool, drain, package, and then freeze.2
Spinach is a good source of a variety of nutrients. Its made up of over 90 percent water and is a very low-calorie vegetable.
While thought to be a good source of iron and calcium. In reality, while it does contain a good amount of these nutrients, it also contains oxalates. Oxalates bind the iron and calcium and prevent iron and calcium from being used in the body. 1
Creamed spinach is a great recipe for the keto diet. It is a low carbohydrate food and the addition of whipping cream, butter, and cream cheese help add fat to your meal.