Common Name: Viroflay Spinach
|Scientific Name: Spinacia oleracea|
|Plant Type: Vegetable|
Soil type: loamy
Height: to 2’
Viroflay Spinach is a dark green annual that has mild, sweet tasting leaves. It is sometimes called Monstrueux de Viroflay Spinach, and can grow monstrous leaves. It is not as hardy as some of the other plants but it is easy to grow. It grows well in zones 6 through 9. Spinach has a large amount of protein, calcium, iron, potassium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. It is a cool weather plant and can wilt in hotter weather. It can take about 50 days to be fully mature. This article has some great information on the plant: http://plantanswers.com/Articles/Spinach-MonstrousViroflay.asp
Young leaves can be put in salads and a quick boil for mature leaves. An easy recipe is to steam spinach and serve with garlic, cooked bacon and butter. It is very similar to kale in cooking so do not cook for too long as it will wilt too much. It is a good idea to drain and dry the spinach leaves as well as you can, before cooking them.
- It is best eaten right after picking (before the frost) but can last up to a week in the refrigerator.