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Florida Spinach: Simply the Best!

April 23, 2010
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For some reason I didn’t have the best perception of spinach. I wonder how did spinach got the reputation of having a bad taste?   Sometimes the color in spinach baby foods or the taste of canned spinach doesn’t make justice to it. However, fresh Florida spinach has become my favorite alternative when I get tired of eating lettuce salads.  Its mild flavor and light texture always makes me want more.

I love spinach lasagna but don’t care much for creamed spinach.  I don’t like wilted greens but I sautéed spinach, Asian style, the other day and it turned out to taste great.  I love to eat them with chopsticks and it’s a great dish to serve for Asian themed dinners.

Common spinach varieties grown in Florida include: smooth leaf, semi-savoy leaf and savoy leaf. I prefer baby spinach over the regular sized spinach. You can even grow them in your yard if there’s favorable weather conditions where you live.

With them being a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C and Iron, I have no regrets when I eat lot’s of Florida spinach because its simply the best!

Asian Style Spinach

Ingredients

1 bag of Florida spinach
¼ cup of low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
3 small garlic cloves (mashed)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Fresh ginger
1 Florida red bell pepper sliced
½ onion sliced
Florida broccoli
Florida baby carrots
¼ pound of Florida cooked shrimp
1 can of mandarins and sesame seeds for garnish

Preparation

Combine the olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger in a wok and simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.  Add the bag of spinach and stir for 5 minutes until they are reduced.  Remove  the spinach aside in a bowl.

Add the bell peppers, broccoli, onions and carrots to the soy sauce mixture and sauté for 10 minutes or until tender.  Add the cooked shrimp and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the spinach into the wok.

Serve on plates, add the mandarins and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Enjoy the wonderful flavors!

Where to find Florida spinach:

All Locally Grown Produce   www.teenaspride.com;

B & W Quality Growers  www.watercress.com

Baeris Farm 850-971-5545

Herbs Unlimited, Inc. www.rockgardenherbs.com;

King Family Farm 352-299-7240

Magnolia Organics 352-588-3687

Marando Farms www.marandofarms.com

Tornello Nurseries www.tornellobamboo.com

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