Fresh spinach leaves are so useful that the National Fresh Spinach Day was established in honor of this greenery. It is celebrated annually on July 16th. Remember the cartoon about Popeye, who eats canned spinach with pleasure, and becomes stronger? Spinach really strengthens bones and heals the body, so nutritionists recommend adding it to all kinds of dishes. Try spinach cream, herb dip, or spinach smoothie—it is healthy and delicious.
This plant was first grown in ancient Persia (the modern Iran), then came to India, brought by an anonymous philanthropist. From India, it spread to China, where it was called the Persian vegetable. It is safe to say spinach has traveled all over the world. Before reaching mainland Europe in the 14th century, it ended up in Sicily, and from Europe it spread throughout the world.
- Fresh spinach is highly nutritious, yet contains only 23 calories per 3.5 ounces.
- Choose only rich green spinach; the paler the leaves, the older and less beneficial they are.
- Spinach can be eaten raw, pre-boiled, fried, or baked. The maximum shelf life of the leaves is 5 days; the longer they are stored, the less useful they are.
- The leaves must be washed several times before consumption as they accumulate pesticides.
- During the First World War, they made spinach juice with wine for soldiers, which strengthened the body and stopped bleeding.
- The largest producer of spinach is China, which grows and exports up to 90% of the world’s spinach. Second place belongs to the United States of America. In the USA, the states of California, New Jersey, and Arizona are the leaders in the production of spinach.
How to take part
A great way to celebrate National Fresh Spinach Day is to change your diet and add fresh leaves to strengthen your body and get a powerful vitamin boost. Add the leaves to soups, salads, or make sandwiches with them. Trust me, your health will thank you.
When is National Fresh Spinach Day Celebrated in 2024?
National Fresh Spinach Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 16th each year.