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It’s world spinach day!

No, really it is. Time to dust off all those Popeye cliches and remind ourselves what an impertinent little vegetable that spinach is. Frisky, unreliable and a complete lack of deference to greens everywhere.  If it wasn’t for spinach, our dining tables would be much quieter places with less haranguing by parents of their offsprings reluctance to engage with the Big Green. Without spinach in our lives, we might have taken to the 5 A Day mantra a little easier, with a little less rebelliousness in our eating habits. If it were not for spinach, the teenage years would have been a time of studiousness; of youth knowing their place in the wider world; of people everywhere knowing their place.

The early introduction of spinach into our diets has, like rock and roll, clearly been a major disruptive force in the last part of the 20th century on the youth of today. National Spinach Day does at least allow us to sombrely reflect on how the world might have turned out had it not been for this most troublesome of vegetables.