ICYMI: spinach is in season

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We’re buying, cooking and eating with spinach right now and you should be, too. This is your in-season guide to this wholesome leafy green.

Spinach is a powerhouse leafy green that is a great source of vitamins A, B, C, K, magnesium, iron and folate and dietary fibre.

Did you know? Spinach contains the same amount of iron as other leafy green plants such as kale, collards, broccoli, rabe, cabbage and chard. The source behind the myth that it contains large amounts of iron was the result of a 1930s study in which a decimal point was misplaced leading researchers to believe that spinach contained ten times more iron than any other plant.

When buying spinach, keep this in mind:
Whether you’re buying a bag or a fresh bunch, make sure that the leaves firm and dry; wet leaves will wilt quickly.

How should you store spinach?
It is best to store spinach in the fridge. To prevent wilting, store the leaves on kitchen paper in a sealed container. Fresh spinach can last up to 7 days if stored this way.

6 DELICIOUS WAYS WITH SPINACH

CREAMIEST SPINACH

Love creamed spinach but not a fan of it’s richness? Use Ayrshire full-cream yoghurt instead.

Pro-tip: For a balanced flavour add a little smoked chillies to the yoghurt.

Get the creamed spinach with smoked chilli-yoghurt recipe here.

SASSY STEAK

A simpler take on the novel surf-and-turf concept – this anchovy-spinach sauce will be a satisfying addition to a tender steak.

Get the steak with anchovy-spinach sauce and matchstick fries recipe here.

PERFECT PESTO

This is a great way to use up leftover spinach before it wilts. Plus, the blender does all the heavy lifting.

Pro-tip: It makes for a perfect smear for sarmies: toss with fresh pasta or serve as a dip alongside crudités.

Get the spinach-and-pistachio pesto recipe here.

FANCY FRITTERS

We love a good fritter, even a savoury one. If you are longing for a plump and basically guilt-free fritter recipe (they’re made with spinach leaves and cauliflower florets) – this is for you!

Pro-tip: Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and pomodoro sauce for ample dipping.

Get the spinach-and-cauliflower fritters with pomodoro sauce recipe here.

GREAT GNOCCHI

It takes some effort, but rolling up cooked spinach and ricotta into these tasty little morsels will be worth it. Plus, it’s vegetarian!

Pro-tip: Serve with fresh salsa verde for an extra punch of freshness.

Get the spinach gnocchi with salsa verde recipe here.

SOULFUL SOUP

This spinach-and-sweet potato soup is our suggestion for a wholesome weeknight pick-me-up.

Pro-tip: It takes only 35 minutes to whip up, perfect for weeknight cooking.

Get the spinach-and-sweet potato soup recipe here.

Discover more delicious ways with spinach here.

TASTE Article by: TASTE

The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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