General Discussion 9

Baby spinach not so baby

foodieX2 | Mar 9, 2014 08:41 AM

Is anyone else finding this?

The last two times my husband brought home boxed or bagged organic "baby" spinach the majority were clearly not the young, tender leaves you would expect. Instead there were large amounts of the thick, curly, large leaves and thick stems you get with mature plants.

While I like spinach in all varieties I prefer the baby kind in omelets, raw salads and smoothies. The texture is better for these and the flavor more delicate.

Baby spinach can often cost more than its mature relatives so it annoys me. Not enough for me to return it since it will all get eaten anyway but enough that I have spoken to the produce manager. His response was not very satisfying, saying there are no standards for "baby" vs regular and producers will also mix the two knowing they are going to get more $$. Basically buyer beware and look over your produce carefully before buying.

Can't wait till my CSA starts up again!

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