What is this grassy crap in the spinach?
January 17, 2012 3:51 PM Subscribe
Has anyone else noticed that in loose-leaf packages of spinach from the store there's often a few leaves of a grass-like green in with them? What are they, and why do they go bad so fast?
posted by gusandrews to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have done a little farm work and grown some veggies myself and I still have no idea what this might be. I was thinking it might be a kind of young spinach leaf, as the feel of the green is about the same, but that doesn't seem right based on what I have seen growing. Then I thought maybe it was a complementary green they plant along with the spinach for pest control or shade or nitrogen-fixing or something, but I dunno.
All I know is these annoying little leaves are *always* the first thing in the bag of spinach to go bad and slimy, and then they seem to take the rest of the bag with them. I sort of wish I could convince food growers not to include them, whatever they are.