I could reveal my age, but a popular comic book hero growing up, Popeye ate spinach to build muscle. They always urged us to “eat our spinach and be like Popeye”.
Unfortunately, the spinach that was mostly available back then was the nasty, overcooked variety that came in a can. It wasn’t until my family started growing spinach in our own garden that I learned to love the tender, sweet, freshly cut leaves in a salad or lightly fry them with lemon and butter. Its delicate texture and mild taste make it a favorite side dish for smoothies, soups, and stir-fries. Americans today consume nearly 2½ pounds of spinach a year per head, according to the USDA.