practicalamericancookerydomesticeconomyhall1856-spinach

Source: Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, E. Hall, 1856.

“Spinach affords a soft lubricating aliment, but contains little nourishment. In weak stomachs it is apt to produce acidity, and frequently a looseness. To obviate these effects, it ought always to be well beaten, and but little butter mixed with it.”

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Spinach – Misunderstood since 1856

Well, if this isn’t the very definition of ironic. Does anyone know when food scientists first discovered the nutritional value of spinach? I would guess around WWI – but maybe a late as WWII with Popeye?

Elizabeth did get the fiber part right, though “looseness” seems a more delicate expression. I’m reminded of the saying, “Animals sweat; men perspire; and women glow.”

For a more modern spinach recipe, check out this Smoked Mackerel Salad with Spinach and Clementine, from One-Way to Health.

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