Harvesting Spinach

WHEN TO HARVEST SPINACH:

Harvest Spinach when the leaves are tender and big enough to eat.

Spinach is ready for picking 56 days after sowing (planting the seed). Harvest Spinach 55 to 65 days after sowing for full-sized leaves with a thick midrib.

HOW TO HARVEST SPINACH:

If from garden; Harvest Spinach as close to meal time as possible for the best flavor. Cut Spinach leaf by leaf—cut the outer leaves first allowing the inner leaves to grow larger–or cut away the whole plant one inch (2.5 cm) above the soil.

HOW TO STORE SPINACH:

Store Spinach cold and moist. Place Spinach in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper section.  Spinach will keep in the refrigerator for about 10 days.

GOOD FOR FOOD

Cut out the midrib of larger leaves before serving greens raw or cooked. Large leaves are best chopped and cooked down. Spinach can be enjoyed raw in salads or on sandwiches or wraps, braised, boiled, sautéed or added to soups and casseroles.

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