What's in Season: Spinach
Fresh spinach is in season, easy to cook and can be used in lots of recipes.
Special to amNewYork
You can tell that warm weather is on its way when fresh greens start popping up in farms upstate and farmer's markets around the city. This week, stock up on some of the season's first shipments of locally grown spinach.
So far this spring, regional spinach isn't as easy to find as locally grown baby greens but farmers say it's worth going out of your way for Popeye's favorite food."Spinach is more mature than baby greens, so its flavor is much more developed," said Lisa Ossiboff of Phillips Farms in Milford, New Jersey, which is among the first farms in the region to harvest the veggie.
That more developed taste can add a slightly bitter jolt of flavor to a dish, whether its served spinach raw or cooked. Spinach can be a great base for seasonal salads. For breakfasts, try chopping spinach into omelets or making an order of eggs Florentine, served atop a bed of the leafy green and an English muffin.
Spinach is loaded with nutrients. Each green leaf is packed with vitamins A and C, as well as iron and magnesium. One cup of spinach boasts nearly double the recommended daily serving of vitamin K, which can help boost bone health.
Fresh spinach costs about $4 per pound.