National Spinach Spinach Day

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Welcome to the wild and wacky world of National Spinach Day! Prepare to enter a leafy green paradise where Popeye reigns supreme, and salads become a superpower. This national day will have you craving some serious chlorophyll, so grab your fork and let's dig in!

When is Spinach Spinach Day?

It's national spinach spinach day on the 26th March.

The Green Machine: A Brief History of Spinach

Spinach has been a beloved vegetable for centuries, but its journey to the popular status it enjoys today wasn't exactly smooth sailing. While the ancient Persians and then the Arabs first cultivated spinach, it wasn't until the 16th century that it made its way to Europe, thanks to Catherine de' Medici, the Italian-born queen of France.

Spinach's rise to fame continued throughout the centuries, with German immigrant and cartoonist E.C. Segar forever changing its fate in 1929. He introduced Popeye the Sailor Man, a spinach-loving strongman with a penchant for saving the day. Suddenly, spinach became a symbol of strength and vitality!

Spinach Goes Viral

Thanks to the internet age, National Spinach Day exploded onto the scene. It became the perfect opportunity for spinach enthusiasts to gather online and celebrate this leafy green wonder in all its glory. From recipes and health benefits to memes featuring Popeye flexing his biceps, the internet turned National Spinach Day into a virtual spinach extravaganza.

Don't be surprised if you find yourself watching looped videos of Popeye downing cans of spinach while multitasking in the most heroic ways. The viral nature of National Spinach Day has turned it into a quirky internet phenomenon that continues to gain momentum with each passing year.

History behind the term 'Spinach Spinach'

500 AD

Ancient Origins

In ancient times, spinach was cultivated in many parts of the world, including ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) and China. Its cultivation spread to Europe around the year 500 AD.

12th Century

Arab Influence

During the 12th century, Arab agronomists and traders introduced spinach to Spain. They called it 'isfanākh', which later evolved into the term 'spinach' used today.

14th Century

European Arrival

Spinach made its way to Europe during the 14th century, thanks to the Moors who controlled parts of Spain. It quickly gained popularity among European royalty due to its vibrant green color and nutritious properties.

16th Century

Popeye's Popularity

In the early 20th century, a cartoon character named 'Popeye the Sailor' became immensely popular. Popeye's love for spinach and its association with increased strength and energy significantly boosted spinach's popularity and consumption worldwide.


Folate Discovery

In the 1930s, researchers discovered that spinach is an excellent source of folate, a vital nutrient for proper development and maintenance of the human body. This discovery further elevated spinach's reputation as a healthy and nutritious vegetable.

21st Century

Superfood Status

In the 21st century, spinach achieved the status of a 'superfood' due to its abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds. It became a popular choice for health-conscious individuals and is now widely celebrated for its various health benefits.

Did you know?

Did you know that spinach is actually a member of the amaranth family? It's a close relative to other leafy vegetables like beet greens and swiss chard. So when you're enjoying your daily dose of spinach, you're basically indulging in a tasty family reunion!


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First identified

26th March 2015

Most mentioned on

26th March 2015

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