A leafy green native of Asia, spinach was brought to Europe by the Moors when they conquered Spain in the eighth century.
HEALING TIP: Because spinach is on the Environmental Working Group’s list of the most chemically contaminated foods – the Dirty Dozen – be sure to always pick organic.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=1,515
Selecting and Storing Spinach
Fresh spinach is available year-round. Choose leaves that are crisp and dark green with a nice fresh fragrance. Avoid those that are limp, damaged or which have yellow spots. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to 3 days. Spinach, which is usually very gritty, must be thoroughly rinsed.