IN SEASON: SPINACH Fill up on this great green superfood
POPEYE WAS ONTO SOMETHING WHEN HE LOADED UP ON THIS SUPER-NUTRITIOUS GREEN
Whether you have it raw, sautéed, steamed or baked, there’s no denying spinach is good for you. With high levels of chlorophyll and carotenoids, this leafy vegetable is also rich in fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and iron, and will help give you healthy hair, eyes and bones. Studies have shown spinach can also improve your sleep and reduce your appetite.
Spinach was said to be the favourite vegetable of the Queen of France in the 16th century, Catherine de’ Medici. Consequently, dishes served on a bed of spinach are known as ‘Florentine’, reflecting Catherine’s birthplace in Florence.
Don’t be shy with your portions when cooking spinach; its high water content means it reduces in size by about a quarter when cooked.
Avoid rinsing before storing, as the moisture will cause it to spoil. However, the leaves and stems can trap soil, so ensure you give spinach a thorough wash immediately prior to cooking or eating.