Fresh spinach is a leafy green that has a mild, slightly sweet taste that becomes lightly acidic and more robust when cooked. There are curly leaf, flat-leaf, and baby spinach varieties, all of which can be added to smoothies, salads, soups, and pasta for a little extra heartiness.
Available most of the year, spinach has large amounts of vitamin K, A, manganese, and folate. It is also a good source of iron, copper, and vitamin B2.
Choose leaves that are vibrant green with no yellowing or wilting.
Do not wash spinach before storing because of spoilage. Place in plastic bags tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Wash thoroughly before using.