Spinach, Baby

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Description:

  • Usage: Baby spinach is great for use in salads as it has a sweeter taste.
  • Phytochemical: Beta-carotene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin
  • Color: Light – medium green
  • Shape: Small, ovate to triangular.
  • Skin Texture: Smooth; delicate.
  • Taste: Succulent; sweeter taste than standard smooth leaf spinach probably owing to its reduced concentration of oxalic acid.
  • Flesh Description: Tender, succulent baby leaves.

Receiving Information:

  • Selection: Shoppers should look for spinach that is a deep green color with no signs of browning or decay.
  • Usage: Spinach is often used as a base for a salad but it is also popular in dips and cooked dishes.
  • Health: Studies show spinach promotes heart health and protects the brain from some of the symptoms of aging.

Storage/Handling

  • Ethylene Producer:  No
  • Ethylene Sensitive:  No
  • Water Sprinkle:  No
  • Odor Producer:  No
  • Ripens After Harvest:  No
  • Mist:  No
  • Top Ice:  No
  • Odor Sensitive:  No
  • Rapid deterioration: Indication of exposure to high temperatures – store at 32-36 degrees F/0-2 degrees C.
  • Wilting: Indication of storage in an area with low humidity – keep spinach cold and maintain a humidity level of 90-98% during storage.
  • Yellowing: Indication of ethylene exposure – keep spinach away from ethylene-producing fruits and ripening rooms.

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