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Old 11-05-2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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Savoy-Leaf Type Spinach

Does anyone here besides me miss it?

Yes, yes, I know it was/is a pain in the you-know-what to clean because of all those thick wrinkles - but it's also all those thick wrinkles that make me love it. (And unfortunately it was all those thick wrinkles that caused its marketable demise. . . .)

All the limp wan "baby" flat-leaf spinach that has taken the commercial market by storm is just hunky-dory for cooked spinach & as far as a mixed green salad, but the savoy-leaf is & always has been my hands-down favorite for a spinach salad. Whether with hard-boiled egg, bacon, sliced fresh mushrooms & blue cheese dressing; or with a hot bacon dressing to just wilt it - savoy-leaf is A-1. The spinach flavor is more intense, & those "wrinkles" give a real crunch & heft to a salad - even under hot dressing. The flat leaf stuff just plasters together when used alone in a salad, like wet grass.

Unfortunately, while I have & do grow it myself, when I have a craving for it & don't have any in the garden, the markets don't have it either anymore. All I can say is - WAAAAHHHH!

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Old 11-06-2007, 03:58 PM   #2
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I still see it here in the MI groceries but the cost is prohibitive!
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:13 AM   #3
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It's pretty scarce. If I'm lucky I get some in the spring time. With spinach, seems to me that the darker the leaf color the more intense the flavor. For cooking, I lean towards kale or chard over the pale flat leaf spinach.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:53 AM   #4
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And unfortunately it's not easy to grow here in Virginia. Our springs & falls run from extremely unpredictable to almost nonexistent. We can run from 90 degrees to frost - & vice versa - in a nanosecond. Real cool-weather crops are definitely a hit-or-miss proposition in most cases.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:56 AM   #5
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I have one store that still carries it. It's cheaper for me to buy it than the baby spinach, which runs $6.99 lb.
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