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.

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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. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. Yamasaki, Mitsuyo (2001). "Changes of Food Preference in Children Aged 4 and 5 Years" (PDF). Acta medica Nagasakiensia. 19. 46 (3-4): 47–54. ISSN 0001-6055. Retrieved 22 February 2016. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (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. Retrieved 4 November 2011.