National spinach day
March 26th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

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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  1. Andy Rocket

    Spinach is the best. look at my spinach comic strip!

    March 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  2. USA

    I like Popye Spinach. Yum : )

    March 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  3. Rick

    GiGi: I agree. Spinach is pretty much an everyday thing for me, too

    March 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Spinach is good. Olive Oyle concurs with me on this.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  5. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I eat spinach EVERY single day, so essentially it's National Spinach Day every day for me! :P

    March 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  6. AleeD®

    Spinach & hot dogs on the same day? I'll pick something else off the menu, thanks.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  7. Rick

    Cool. Spinach salad for lunch it is

    March 26, 2012 at 10:50 am |
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