UoN The Hidden Half: Spinach
From Brian Atkinson
Spinach, Spinacia oleracea, is a flower that is best known for its edible leaves. It is thought the plant originated in Iran and then moved across the world until finally reaching the UK in the 14th century. The food became popular as it could be harvested in early spring when many other vegetables were not yet available. Thanks to Popeye’s love for spinach, which gave him a boost in strength whenever he popped open a tin of the green leaves, its health benefits are widely known. The leaves are rich in vitamins such as vitamin K which is important for maintaining bone health. Although spinach is also high in iron, the form of iron present is not easily absorbed by our bodies.
This plant has a dense root system and has become bound by the pot. Similar to other plants in the Hidden Half, bean and pea, the roots originate from one main tap root in the centre of the pot.