Plant Name: Chenopodiaceae
Plant Family: Chenopodiaceae
Scientific Name: Spinacia oleracea
Spinach originated in Persia where it was known as "aspanakh".
Travelers carried Spinach seeds to new places and by the 1300s, it had spread to Europe and Britain. It became a popular Lenten vegetable.
By the early 1800s it was frequently cultivated in North America.
Although it took a quiet place on the plate for many years, the cartoon Popeye and his slogan "I'm strong to the finish 'cause I eats me spinach," brought attention to the green leafy vegetable.
It makes a strong addition to any meal as it is rich in vitamin A and Iron.