Remember the secret of Popeye’s power? Yes! The green and leafy Spinach! Know what makes the Spinach and other green vegetables so powerful?
Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
- Popular among kids because of being regularly eaten by Popeye (cartoon character), Palak.
- It is one of those green vegetables which are extremely rich in fibre, folic acid, iron, and calcium.
- It prevents blood clotting because it is rich in Vitamin K1.
Melde (Chenopodium album)
- Known as Bathua in India, Melde is considered as a weed in some countries.
- It is extremely rich in water, minerals, and antioxidants good for digestion.
- It is actively consumed in northern India in the form of soups/curries.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
- An adored ingredient by chefs for garnishing, Coriander is better known as Dhaniya in India.
- These are one of those green vegetables that are a bit sour, yet refreshing, the Chinese call it Parsley.
- Coriander is rich in dietary fibre, water, minerals, and various essential vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
Mustard Leaves (Brassica juncea)
- Commonly, Sarson, these are a delicacy among the North Indians.
- If you have heard of Sarson-Da-Saag, then you might not be surprised to know that it is made out of mustard leaves.
- This Saag is extensively eaten during the winters along with Makki-Ki-Roti.
- Mustard Leaves are those green vegetables that contain 92% of water and loads of vitamins.
Fenugreek Leaves (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
- These are commonly known as Methi, sold in small bundles in the market, with their roots that remain attached.
- Their seeds are rich in dietary fibres, vitamins, minerals, and thus applied in hair after mixing their powder with oil.
- These leaves are also usually dried and stored.
Mint Leaves (Mentha)
- Pudina is perennial herbs with a strong aroma and taste.
- These are cool tiny leaves extensively used to flavour drinks and make dips.
- Mint is packed with various antioxidants that help in proper digestion, keeping your stomach clean.
Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
- Patta-Gobhi can be found in different colours, like red and purple.
- Technically, a biennial plant, grown by humans for its dense vegetative head.
- It is closely related to broccoli and cauliflower.
- This veggie is also a moderate source of folate, vitamin B6, water, carbs, and minerals.
Now, as you know why our The Sailor Man, Popeye loved fresh and verdant herbs, come on, let’s eat our spinach, as we sing “I’m strong to the fin-ich, cause I eat me spin-ach” and win over your hurdles head-on!
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A creative soul with a zeal to know the why & how behind everything and anything, I am Bhavyaa Aggarwal a foodie by heart & an optimistic by will.