National Spinach Day By Rosella Tisschy

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Fun Facts About Spinach!!!

  • Spinach is a native plant of Persia (modern day Iran). It was introduced to China in the 7th century. It was most probably brought to Europe in about the 12th century and to the US in 1806.
  • Reflecting its origin, spinach is still widely known in China as “the Persian Green”.
  • The U.S. is only the world’s second largest producer of spinach, producing a mere 3% of global production. China is the world’s largest spinach producer with 85% of global production.
  • Spinach grows best in cool (not freezing) moist conditions, such as spring and autumn, and grows well in sandy soils.
  • Spinach leaves are a mild diuretic and mild laxative.
  • Medieval artists extracted green pigment from spinach to use as an ink or paint.