It is believed that spinach originated in ancient Persia. Arab traders have brought spinach to India and it made its way to China. Eventually it was introduced to Italy in late 800s. Green spinach leaves “conquered” Europe in the 1300s. As far as spinach appears in early spring, it became a fast favorite, when any kind of vegetables were scarce during Lenten.
Spinach gained royal popularity only when Catherine de'Medici became the queen of France in 1522. She so much loved spinach, that ordered to serve it at every meal. Even today all the dishes made with spinach are called “Florentine”, that reflects Catherine's birth in Florence.
There are hundreds ways to cook spinach. If you want it fresh, than make a great salad. You can also make spinach pizza and lasagna. Or may be would you like to try a warm spinach dip? Today everything is possible, that is why celebrate National Spinach Day with any dish you want to honor one of the healthiest products.Remind me with Google Calendar