One of the first crops to be sown in spring. This quick-growing variety is a heavy yielder and is slow to bolt. Withstands both heat and cold. Excellent for fresh eating or for canning. Introduced in 1910. 40-50 days.
Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach Seeds History
Bloomsdale Spinach is a hardy, cool weather member of the Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot) family. Spinach has a deep taproot and a shallow yet extensive branching root system, with most of its feeder roots in the top few inches of the soil. The plant produces a rosette of fleshy, non-hairy leaves that tend to be broad and tender. There are two basic leaf types: 1) smooth or flat and 2) crinkled or savoy. Hybrid varieties now offer a semi-savoy type, which has a smoother, less crinkled leaf texture.
Leaf shapes include round, oval, arrow-shaped, or triangular; borne on edible stems ranging from 1 to 6 inches long. according to TaylorÕs Guide to Heirloom Vegetables by Benjamin Watson, the heirloom variety Bloomsdale Longstanding “was bred from a single monoecious plant.” Click here for an amazing article published by Arizona Edu
How To Plant Bloomsdale Spinach
Spinach can be planted from mid-September through the end of February. It tolerates partial shade, but grows best in full sun. The optimum daytime growing temperature ranges between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Spinach does well in a variety of soil textures, but prefers fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. Prior to planting, prepare the bed by enriching it with organic matter and turning it to loosen to a depth of 18 inches. Be sure to deeply water the bed prior to planting, since adequate moisture is essential to quick germination, and overhead watering can lead to seedling diseases.
Preserving And Storing Bloomsdale Spinach
My standard short-term storage practice is to wash the leaves, shake of the excess water and lay them somewhat overlapping on a strip of paper towel. I then tightly roll up the spinach in the paper towel, place it in a freezer bag and put it in the vegetable drawer of my refrigerator. I’ve found that it usually keeps for a week or two. My long-term storage practice is to wilt the washed spinach leaves in a dry pan for a minute or two and then transfer them to portion size freezer bags. I squeeze out as much air as possible, seal the bag and place in the freezer.
Cooking With Spinach
Bloomsdale Spinach has allot of Nutritional benefits, and if your like me you love to add it into a salad. Click here for this amazing Spinach salad recipe.
Bloomsdale Spinach Nutrition
Spinach contains oxalic acid, which can interfere with the absorption of calcium and magnesium. In addition, if grown with large amounts of ammonia fertilizers, nitrate concentrations may reach near-toxic level. Spinach also has twice as much iron, calcium, potassium and protein as other leafy greens. It is an excellent source of the antioxidants vitamins A and C, as well as the B vitamins thiamin, niacin and folic acid. It also contains the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.
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