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There are several types of spinach - chard, silverbeet, English spinach, frozen spinach etc.

Do you have a favourite, and do you always cook with the same one?

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I have a few types of spinach growing - one I do not know the name of but it is climbing and grows like a weed.

The other is a small, probably baby spinach, half eaten by snails and also quite a good grower.

These are the two I use mainly, and when I do not have any I usually buy the Woolworths or Coles packets of baby spinach.

Occasionally I will grow or buy silverbeet but I find the others easier as you dont have to trim them.
by Finy
I prefer baby spinach as it is small. It is so easy to use in cooking. I just throw a hand full into a casserole or pasta, and salads are so easy to throw together. Instead of having to cut it up, it is already made small. Same taste and goodness, just smaller !!!
I really like baby spinach for the same reasons Lluxi has cited. We don't grow it though. We grow silverbeet. Not sure why we don't grow the baby kind...will have to make some inquiries.
by Vee
Are you growing baby spinach yet, Vee?
by Miro
No, miro_. Unfortunately, somebody had the marvellous idea of planting only cabbage...there's no room in the garden for anything else. And the garden is about 16 metres squared. ◔_◔
by Vee
Spinach is not my favorite green.
I like spinach and tend to fall back on baby spinach in a bag because of it's convenience. I think it has very little flavour and wonder at it's nutritional value. I have a book about community gardening and in it an African gardener comments that we grow our vegetables too quickly with too much water so they are flavourless and in his opinion less nutritious. It makes me wonder.
My favourite is home grown Siverbeet.
Interesting annfi! I agree - that spinach has little flavour but I read it should be used raw and not cooked.
by Finy
I usually use the baby spinach raw and it is a convenient way of getting some fresh greens. I think it's better to cook Silverbeet , especially if you are susceptible to Oxalic acid as I seem to be. Oxalic acid gives me a sore throat.
by annfi
I enjoy baby spinach, Ithink it's so versatile you can cook it or use as a salad.
I'm sure no 'Popeye', but I'll have in 'Spinach & Feta Triangles'.
I like all kinds of spinach and I have none growing. I also like silverbeet but I find it always manages to hide some grit from me, no matter how thoroughly I wash it :(
by Rice
Oh yes, dont you have to love the grit, Rice!!
Never fails to be there even after soaking for an hour! I keep telling myself it is good roughage as I split another tooth!
by Finy
Hahahahaha!! Well, at least we can sympathise together when we get our dentures! *crunch*
by Rice
As a gardener I am wondering if you mulch under your plants will it help stop some of the grit bouncing up.
by annfi
Silverbeet is what we grow and I always have an abundance to give away. My family like it pureed with a little sour cream in it and we freeze the puree so its always on hand. Nothing beats the fresh taste of home grown silverbeet
Ihave tio say that I like Baby Spinach the best.It is so easy to grow,and also to use in a large variety if ways! Whether in Pasta or on a pizza, or in a salad,I definitely would go for this little gem!!
I love silverbeet and so do the family. I love the earthy taste of it. English spinach has no flavour to me. I love to make spanakopita with silver beet rather than spinach. Much more punch.
Baby spincach. Just works perfectly with any of the salads,pasta , rolls and sandwiches.
I like baby spinach, in salads and cooking, and the other spinach I like in cooking with cheese to make a pie.
silverbeet the best

Baby spinach, as it's lovely & quick to cook.
by Miro
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