Product: Spinach Powder
Latin Name: Spinacia oleracea
Plant Family: Amaranthaceae
Other Names: Common Spinach, Baby Spinach, Palak, Spinage, Épinard, Épinard à Épines, Espinaca, Espinacas, Gros Épinard, Spinat, Spinaci, Spinatblatter, Spenat, Spinasie, Spinaco & Bayam.
Description: Our Spinach Powder can be used to make tasty and antioxidant rich smoothies and shakes, and as a natural dye! This tasty nutritious powder is made from an annual plant native to central and south-western Asia, which grows to a height of up to 30cm. The leaves are alternate, simple, obovate to sagittate (arrow shaped) in shape, 2-5cm in length towards the top of the plant and up to 30cm in length at the base, dark green in colour. The tiny flowers present in erect racemes and are pale yellow-green in colour, 3–4 mm diameter, maturing small clusters of ‘fruits’ or seed capsules, 5–10mm in diameter, pale green in colour ripening to pale brown, which contain several tiny seeds.
Brief History: Spinach was once valued for its medicinally properties as a demulcent and laxative, as well as for its culinary capabilities, although to be fair it’s been more of a vegetable than a medicine. Nicholas Culpeper in his 17th century herbal called it ‘Spinage’ and wrote that ‘It is more used for food than medicine, being a good boiled sallad, and much eaten in the spring, being useful to temper the heat and sharpness of the humours; it is cooling and moistening, diuretic, and renders the body soluble.’ Today as a food we know that spinach has a high nutritional value, it contains more iron than an egg yolk, contains good amounts of vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, and B6 and is rich in minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium and Zinc, and also contains omega 3.
Ingredients: Dried powder aerial parts of Spinacia oleracea.
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SUGGESTED USEAdd spinach powder to sauces, stocks, soups, stews and casseroles, use in marinade, and to bread and savoury biscuit recipes, stir into mayonnaise cottage and cream cheese to make interesting dips and sandwich fillings. Spinach powder can also be used as a natural colouring for homemade pasta and other foods. As a natural colour it can also be used to colour soap and cosmetics and mixed into yogurt and put on the face it makes a soothing and nourishing face mask. A poultice of the powder can also be used to soothe red and inflamed skin.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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