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Spinach in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Spinacia
Species: S. oleracea
Binomial name
Spinacia oleracea

Spinach is a green, leafy vegetable. It comes from southwestern and central Asia. Its flowers are small and yellow.

Here are some perceptions about spinach that come from popular culture:

  • Spinach is traditionally not very popular with children[source?].
  • The famous cartoon character Popeye eats spinach in order to become strong.
  • Spinach has lots of dietary iron.