The vegetable of May is Spinach! Although you can find spinach in super markets all year long, May is when you can find freshly and locally grown spinach in farmer's markets and supermarkets. Spinach is an incredibly healthy and nutritious green, leafy vegetable and is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin A: Spinach is high in carotenoids, which the body can turn into vitamin A (3).
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that promotes skin health and immune function.
Vitamin K1: Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting, and one spinach leaf contains over half of your daily need.
Folic acid: Also known as foliate, or vitamin B9. It is essential for normal cellular function and tissue growth, and is very important for pregnant women.
Iron: Spinach is an excellent source of this essential mineral. Iron helps create hemoglobin, which brings oxygen to the body’s tissues.
Calcium: Calcium is essential for bone health. This mineral is also a crucial signalling molecule for the nervous system, heart and muscles.
Spinach also contains several other vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9 and E.
Shop for vivid, dark green spinach with firm leaves and stems. Avoid those with excessively thick, tough or woody stem ends. As with most green leafy vegetables try to buy organically grown spinach for the best product, and store in refrigerator, but not for too long as the thin leafs of this vegetable tend to go bad fairly quickly.