Spinach And Squash Month
When we first heard that November was observed as Spinach and Squash Month, we were a little bit dubious about whether this was a real observation month. After all, we didn’t know that spinach and squash were two vegetables that could be paired together. Fortunately, we are here to say that we were wrong.
After a bit of research, we quickly realized that these two vegetables did go together quite well. We came across such lovely recipes as Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach and Cranberries, Butternut Squash with Creamed Spinach, and Sauteed Butternut Squash and Spinach. I suppose we now stand corrected and probably should observe this month as well.
The History Of Spinach And Squash Month
Despite devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out about Spinach and Squash Month, we simply were unable to uncover this month’s origin. We’ve been unable to uncover when it was created, why it was created, or who created it. This is unfortunate because we’re quite interested in why this month was created in the first place.
Delicious Spinach and Squash Facts
Let’s go over some tasty spinach and squash facts, shall we? We’ve rounded up a pretty good collection of them and would like to now share them with everyone getting ready to observe Spinach and Squash Month.
- Spinach is native to Persia and was introduced in the 7th century to China.
- Spinach was brought to the U.S in the early 19th century.
- The top producer of spinach in the U.S is California.
- Spinach is cut and washed before selling. That means it only has a shelf life of about 2 weeks.
- By the end of the first week, spinach loses half of its major nutrients.
- Spinach is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
- Humans have been cultivating squash for over 10,000 years.
- Approximately 90% of the United States squash supply is imported from Mexico.
- After being planted, it takes winter squash about 80-120 days to mature.
- Summer squash varieties usually mature in 45-60 days.
- Squash needs an inch of water per week to properly develop.
- The majority of squash varieties grow on vines.
Observing Spinach And Squash Month
This is the month during which everyone is going to want to break out their favorite squash/spinach recipes. We’ve already listed some of our favorite spinach/squash recipes, but we’ll add a few more to the list: Skillet Lasagna with Summer Squash and Spinach, Spaghetti Squash Noodles With Spinach Cream Sauce, and Summer Squash and Spinach Soup. No matter what recipe you decide to make with these recipes, just be sure to snap a photo of it and post it to social media using the hashtag #SpinachAndSquashMonth.