The spinach day that occurs every year on March 26 reminds us of the health benefits inherent in this green leafy vegetable. Spinach is not only healthy but also very tasty and there are many wonderful ways to combine it in many different foods and enjoy it.
You can eat it baked in a pie, cooked in a patty or pancake, fresh in a salad or sandwich, in a spinach puff pastry, as an addition to a pizza, add it to a fruit or vegetable smoothie and anything you can think of!
Spinach is an annual plant with green leaves used for food and medicine. The plant originates from Central Asia. Spinach has three main varieties classified by leaf type. The taste of the leaves and their nutritional composition vary according to the seasons.
The spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia. From there Arab merchants brought it to India and then to Nepal and then to ancient China. In the past, spinach was called a "Persian vegetable."
During her reign as Queen of France, in the 16th century, Catherine de 'Medici enjoyed spinach so much that it was served to her at every meal. To this day, there are spinach dishes called "Florentine" and the origin of the name is Queen Katrina's birthplace, Florence.
Spinach is a good source of iron, calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein and vitamins A, C and K. It is full of antioxidants that fight cancer. It is believed to help improve cardiovascular and intestinal health.
Types of spinach:
Savoy: Dark green color with curly leaves; Usually sold in fresh bundles.
Spinach Smooth Leaves: Large and smooth leaves; Grown mainly in canned and frozen spinach, for soups, baby food and processed foods.
Semi Savoy: A hybrid variety with shriveled leaves: sold fresh and processed.
How to celebrate Spinach Day?
There are lots of ways to celebrate, and the main thing is to eat spinach in any way you like and best when it is fresh for health!
If you were a child in the 1970s, you probably know Popeye and your mother probably forced you to eat spinach because of it.
Popeye is a comic book character first published on January 17, 1929, by creator Elsie Seeger.
Popeye is a sailor who fights his enemy Bluto to save his beloved Olive. When he gets into trouble he opens a can of spinach, eats the software and gets tremendous strength to fight it.
In the 1960s, Popeye received his own television series. She had a catchy and annoying song called "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" that all the kids knew and loved to sing.
Popeye began his career as a minor and secondary character in the Thimble Theater cigar comic. His character gained popularity and the place she got in it grew until the name of the comic was changed to Popeye The Sailor man.
Elsie Sigar, the creator of Popeye, grew up in the town of Chester in Missouri, USA. The town's residents claim that the characters in the comics were inspired by the town's residents. Today the town has a Popeye Museum and a collection of spinach cans.
The figure of Olive Oil, Popeye's lover, is based, according to Chester residents, on the figure of Dora Pascal, a particularly thin and tall woman who would wear a headscarf around her neck. She had a shop she would rarely go out of.
Popeye's character is said to have been inspired by a man named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel, who had one eye, smoked a pipe and liked to get into fights in which he usually won.
Cigar died at the age of 44, in 1938. He contributed much to the reputation of the spinach but it turns out that the much appreciated spinach was a little too much than he deserved. The reference to spinach as a fortifying food came following the publication of a study in which there was an error in printing the decimal point in the amount of iron it contains, so that it was attributed 10 times higher than the actual amount. Although the mistake was discovered, the spinach's respectable place has been preserved and to this day it is attributed to the properties of a super-super vegetable.
|Popeye's Funko Pop Doll (link)
January 17 is also Cable Car Day
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