Only Hoffbrau Steaks Knows How to Do It Texas Style!

Where do they get these incredible holidays?  (I am about to give you the answer…but first, I have to tell you, I LOVE THEM!!!)  Any excuse to celebrate!  I guess I was born under the beer can half full “sign.” 

Weird Holiday Lore

Believe it or not, there’s a day to celebrate squirrels, caps lock (obviously I’m a fan…just slightly behind the day that celebrates the use of ellipses.), and of course, steaks.  And, spinach!  Today, in fact, is National Spinach Day. Most of these holidays originate because anyone, literally, can apply to their government, or more commonly, to the United Nations, and as long as the holiday proposed isn’t racist, sexist, or questionable in any way, it’s generally approved! 

Spinach, I would argue, deserves it more than squirrels.  I mean, you can juice about eight ounces of spinach in a Ninja every morning and be healthier than you’ve ever been without any taste at all.  One of the most innocuous of vegetables, our friend Mr.Spinach has almost as many varieties as preparations.  Savoy, flat leaf and semi-savoy. Savoy is a nice dark green color with curly leaves, sold in fresh bunches. Flat leaf shows up mostly canned, frozen, in soups or baby food. Semi-savoy is a hybrid variety with crinkly leaves and appears fresh and processed. 

Hoffbrau Steaks Thinks Spinach Is the BEST!  More Fun Facts!

Spinach is a native plant of Persia (modern day Iran). It was introduced to China in the 7th century. It was most probably brought to Europe in about the 12th century and to the US in 1806.

Reflecting its origin, spinach is still widely known in China as “the Persian Green”.

Spinach is best eaten fresh. It loses nutritional properties with each passing day. Although refrigeration slows the deterioration, half of the major nutrients are lost by the eighth day after harvest. (For long term storage, freeze while fresh.) When fresh, it has crisp leaves. As they deteriorate, the leaves turn limp.

“Florentine” is a common part of names of recipes where spinach is a significant ingredient. Florence in Italy was the home town of Catherine de Medici, a lover of spinach, who married the King of France in the 16th century.

In the 1930′s U.S. spinach growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in domestic spinach consumption – a welcome boost to an industry

during the depression era.

The spinach growing town of Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of Popeye in 1937.  We knew it!!!  We knew Texas hadsomething to do with it!!!

‘Birds Eye’ was the first company to advertise frozen spinach. It did so in “Life” magazine in 1949.

California is today the US’s #1 grower/supplier of spinach, accounting for almost three quarters (3/4) of national production.

Alma, Arkansas proclaims itself to be the “spinach capital of the world”, a title also claimed by Crystal City, Texas. Alma is the home of “Allen Canning Company” which cans and ships spinach.

In 2005, the national yield of commercial spinach was approximately 350,000 tons and is growing annually.

In March 2005, Bon Appetit magazine’s annual survey showed that 56% of respondents said that spinach was their favorite vegetable.

The U.S. is only the world’s second largest producer of spinach, producing a mere 3% of global production. China is the world’s largest spinach producer with 85% of global production.

Spinach grows best in cool (not freezing) moist conditions, such as spring and autumn, and grows well in sandy soils.

Medieval artists extracted green pigment from spinach to use as an ink or paint.

What’s your favorite Hoffbrau side?  Hoffbrau Andrea Hint….I might share a recipe with you!!!