Binomial name: Spinacia oleracea

This vegetable, pertaining to the chenopodiaceae family, changes as the same time that grows and develops.

Origin: the strange spinach arrived from Asia, possibly of Persia (now Iran). They were introduced in Europe in 1000 A.D. and, although they already existed in Roman times as a wild plant, it was in the 18th century when they began to have a social significance in cooking.

Medicinal values: as other vegetables that have a lot of water and have beneficial effects for the human body function, spinaches are also valued in medicine. They have a low energetic value, hardly 30 kilocalories per 100 grams, making them adviseable for people who are following a diet.

Caloric value per 100 g: 28 kcal

Varieties: Polea, Valeta, Rico, Carambole.

Curiosities: although spinaches were popularised by the character of Popeye the Sailor Man, and vice versa, the relation was based in a misunderstanding, since the association of the spinach with a high content in iron is entirely erroneous.