Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass on Monday continued his series of crop Tweets about First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden, posting the photo above of a bed of 'Space' spinach and joking that Popeye the Sailor Man would be impressed. At right in the photo is the first-ever wheat crop, which Kass spotlighted at the end of April.
"Popeye would have a field day in the First Lady's garden!! #strongtothefinish -Sam," Kass wrote on the @LetsMove account.
Spinach is a staple in the Kitchen Garden, including during the winter months, where it tastes like "sugar," Kass has said. There are currently four kinds of spinach in the Kitchen Garden: In addition to 'Space,' there is also 'Tyee,' 'Raccoon,' and 'Bloomsdale.'
The crop has grown quite well since Mrs. Obama planted the 'Space' and 'Tyee' as seedlings on April 4 during her fifth annual Spring planting event with students. 'Space' has a fifty-day growing season, and can also be sown during the Summer and Fall. It has a good resistance to at least three kinds of downy mildew. (Above, Mrs. Obama making Popeye proud)
Kass explains the Spring crops in this post, which includes a detailed crop list.
A quick, easy and healthy White House recipe that stars spinach is Executive Chef Cris Comerford's Spinach Pie, featured in Mrs. Obama's book American Grown: The Story of the White house Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. It can be served hot or cold, as a side dish or as an entree. (The pie, above)
Comerford's recipe for No-Cream Creamed Spinach was the first recipe ever released by the Obama White House, way back in 2009.
President Obama is the nation's foremost steak lover, and Kass' recipe for Grilled Skirt Steak with Poblano sauce has the beef atop a bed of sauteed spinach. Check the sidebar for more White House recipes.
CLICK HERE for links to all Kitchen Garden posts. Check out the Let's Move! gardening guide.
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*Top photo by @LetsMove; second by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama; third by Quentin Bacon For American Grown, via Crown Publishing, a division of Random House.