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David Sparks Ph.d The origin of spinach
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: June 11, 2019

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Whether you are musically oriented or not, those two ditties have one thing in common. Spinach… which originated according to vegehistorians, in Iran. As it turns out, spinach was the first frozen vegetable to be sold commercially and that is thanks to the work of one American inventor and entrepreneur, Clarence Birdseye II, who is considered the father of the modern day frozen food industry. He learned how to flash freeze foods and he went on to create a large frozen food company which was very successful.


You can still find foods carrying Birdseye brand in your supermarket frozen food case. But it all started with spinach which was not a great American favorite… but it did get a bit of a boost in 1931 with the introduction of this comic strip character who later became a movie cartoon favorite.


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