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Rediscover spinach


For many North Americans, spinach will always be known as the muscle-building food favoured by the cartoon character Popeye.

But this leafy green vegetable actually has a much more interesting history. Experts believe spinach was first cultivated by the ancient Persians before becoming popular in India and China.

First introduced into Europe in the 15th century, spinach has been a staple in North America since the early 19th century, according to a report on the Centers for Disease Control website.

A versatile veggie, spinach works well with numerous dishes, including sandwiches and salads, and meat and fish dishes. It even tastes good on pizza. It's also nutritious: A half-cup of raw spinach will provide you with 60 per cent of your daily requirement of vitamin A, 15 per cent of vitamin C, four per cent of iron and two per cent of calcium, according to the CDC.

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