species of plant

Spinach is a green, leafy vegetable. It comes from southwestern and central Asia. Its flowers are small and yellow. Spinach is rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate,[1] making it healthy. Spinach, along with other green, leafy vegetables,[2] is rich in iron.

Spinach in flower
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Spinacia oleracea

Here are some perceptions about spinach that come from popular culture:

  • Spinach is traditionally unpopular with children.[3]
  • The cartoon character Popeye eats spinach in order to become strong.[4]


  1. "Nutrition Facts for Spinach, raw, one NLEA serving, 30 g". Nutritiondata.com. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  2. "Basic Report from the USDA National Nutrient Database: Spinach, raw, 100 g". US Department of Agriculture, National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 27. 2014. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. "Changes of Food Preference in Children Aged 4 and 5 Years" (PDF). Acta Medica Nagasakiensia. 19. 46 (3–4): 47–54. December 2001. ISSN 0001-6055. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2016. {{cite journal}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  4. Sutton, Mike (2010). "SPINACH, IRON and POPEYE: Ironic lessons from biochemistry and history on the importance of healthy eating, healthy scepticism and adequate citation" (PDF). Internet Journal of Criminology: 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011.