16 Spinach Facts

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Posted by Karyn Moyer

Spinach is a cool-weather and hardy crop that is commonly used in salads, soups, pasta dishes, and so much more. The ideal temperature for the plant is 55°F to 60°F, and the plant can withstand temperatures as low as 15°F to 20°F. It’s is a very nutritious food that is a good source of vitamin K, C, A, E, and B-6. Cooked spinach has lower levels of folate and vitamin C but has higher levels of Vitamin A and iron than raw spinach. Here are 16 more interesting agriculture facts about the plant:  

  1. Spinach is native to Persia and was introduced to China in the 7th It was brought to the United States around 1806.
  2. During medieval times, the green pigment extracted from spinach was used as ink for artwork.
  3. California is the top producer of the crop in the U.S.
  4. The second, third, and fourth top producers of spinach are Arizona, New Jersey, and Texas.
  5. The crop comes in three different varieties: savoy, semi savoy, and flat-leaf.
  6. The crop can be planted in spring, fall, and even winter in some areas.
  7. In the spring, planting can start as soon as the soil can be properly worked.
  8. During the spring, planting should be done every two weeks.
  9. Because the crop does better in cooler temperatures, common spinach cannot grow in midsummer.
  10. Sandy soils are preferred when planting the crop because it drains early and warms quicker.
  11. When the crop reaches the desired size, it is time to harvest. If you wait too long to harvest spinach, it will break or begin to yellow.
  12. Before selling, the crop is washed and cut and typically has a storage life of 10 to 14 days.
  13. In 2016, around 47,500 acres of spinach were harvested in the United States.
  14. 57 million pounds of fresh spinach were marketed, and 78,450 tons were canned and frozen in 2016.
  15. By the 8th day after harvesting it, the crop loses half of its major nutrients.
  16. The average American eats 1.5 lbs. of spinach a year.

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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.