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Spinach

They say the darker the green in a vegetable, the better it is for you.  The dark green of the spinach leaf is an indication of how incredibly healthy it is for you - it contains high amounts of beta-carotene and other phyto chemicals with reported anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.  The taste, slightly salty and a bit bitter, can put some people off, but it's nothing that a little garlic cannot cure!

 

ORIGIN:  We source most of our spinach from Ireland, especially during its main season in the spring, and we top up during the off season with spinach from the UK and France.

 

NUTRITION:  Where to begin?  Spinach has a host of health properties including aiding healthy eye-sight, helping to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.  It is also very rich in iron which helps to maintain good energy levels and to improve quality of the blood.  With high amounts of Vitamin K (to help bone and blood health) and Vitamin A (to help the immune system and organ health) as well, spinach helps the body function better in numerous ways.

 

TIP: In order to cut down on the oxalic acid content in spinach which can decrease the body's absorption of nutrients, it is better to cook spinach lightly than to eat it raw.