Celebrate your inner Popeye and pop open some spinach - March 26 is National Spinach Day!
Not only is spinach crazy good for you, but there are a multitude of delicious ways to enjoy this leafy green.
See how many you can try today, and you'll be feeling as healthy and buff as the famous sailorman.
Spinach originated in ancient Persia, eventually making its way to Italy in 827 and finally gracing European tables in the 1300s.
Its appearance in early spring made this a fast favorite when other vegetables were scarce during Lenten diets.
For this reason, spinach has the great honor of being mentioned in the first known English cookbook.
When Catherine de'Medici became the queen of France in 1522, she insisted that spinach be served at every meal because she loved it so.
Today when you hear of spinach dishes referred to as "Florentine," that is because Catherine was born in Florence.
Spinach is available in a variety of types: Savoy, flat leaf and semi-savoy.
Savoy is a nice dark green color with curly leaves, sold in fresh bunches.
Flat leaf shows up mostly canned, frozen, in soups or baby food.
Semi-savoy is a hybrid variety with crinkly leaves and appears fresh and processed.
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