September 16, 2021
Spinach is a ubiquitous green in our culture, and grocery stores have ruined it for me.
It's fragile when bundled and intolerant of mishandling. When spoiling in a clamshell of mixed greens, it quickly rots the lot.
I briefly put it in everything from stews to pastries when I found it at a local Indian grocer in Queens, New York. Though not organic, it was in field-fresh condition. As I stood admiring it for the first time, no fewer than five South Asian housewives examined a couple of bundles with a frown and walked away. One made a scornful spitting noise.
In nonvegetarian cultures, subpa...