January’s Harvest of the Month: Spinach

Did You Know…

Spinach was first cultivated over 2,000 years ago in Iran. By 1806, it had become a popular vegetable in America, and in the 1920’s the U.S. pushed spinach commercially, with the Popeye the Sailor Man cartoon becoming a great advocate for spinach consumption. (from the website Fruits & Veggies, More Matters)

Look for fresh spinach with loose leaves that are green and crisp. Wash and dry spinach immediately after you buy it, and place in an open plastic bag. Spinach will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Spinach is packed with nutrients, including Vitamins K, C, and A, iron, and calcium; it is also high in insoluble fiber, fat free, and low in calories.

Try this Simple Sauteed Spinach recipe today —

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 20 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 TB lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat
  2. Add garlic and cook until beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes
  3. Add spinach and toss to coat. Cover and cook until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and add lemon or lime juice, salt, and crushed red pepper
  5. Toss to coat and serve immediately

Harvest of the month highlights a locally available crop each month of the year in school cafeterias, restaurants, workplaces, and grocery stores. The program expands across Washington & Ozaukee counties to help children, caregivers, and the broader community learn more about healthy, seasonal, whole-foods eating.