Vegetable of the Week: Spinach

– Spinach is an edible flowering plant native to ancient Persia
– Spinach is an annual plant, meaning that its life cycle lasts one year (versus a perennial plant that comes back again the next year)
– The spinach plant can grow up to 30 centimetres in height and is 3-4 millimetres in diameter
– In Ontario, locally grown spinach is available between the months of May and October.
– However, winters in Ontario are too harsh for spinach to be grown all year round, although this is a possibility in nations with more temperate winters.
– Between 2006 and 2011, spinach acreage within the Ontario Greenbelt increased by 30.6%
– But spinach crops still make up only a small percentage (1.3%) of dedicated vegetable crop acreage in the Greenbelt when compared with other crops like sweet corn (10.7%) or carrots (21.3%)
– China and the US are the two largest spinach producers in the world.

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Sautéed Spinach, Mushrooms and Caramelised Onions
Makes 2-4 servings

Ingredients:
– 3 onions, sliced
– 3 cups spinach
– 10 mushrooms sliced
– 3 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– 1 tablespoon preferred oil (original recipe calls for coconut oil, however, olive oil or other preferred oils can also be used)
– 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
– Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:
1) Heat the oil and butter over a high heat in a pan or skillet.
2) Add the sliced onions and garlic, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking the onions for 20 more minutes, still stirring frequently.
3. Add the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.
4. Add the sliced mushrooms and season to taste with salt and pepper; cook until the mushrooms are tender but not mushy.
5. Add the spinach. Stir on low heat just until the spinach wilts, and serve.

Note: Ingredients for today’s recipe can be found at the Good Food Market at GBC (200 King Street East, main lobby every Thursday from 11:45am – 3:00pm)! Onions ($0.75 per bag or $0.10 per onion), Spinach ($1.25), Mushrooms ($1.75 per package, $0.25 per brown mushroom or $1.00 per portobello mushroom) and Garlic ($0.50 per head).

(Recipe adapted from: http://paleoleap.com/sauteed-spinach-caramelized-onions/)

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