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Bitter Spinach

Sam76Sam76 Posts: 130
Our spinach is quite bitter to taste. I have probably let them grow too big- leaves are hand-size. Washed leaves and put them in the fridge- the cool seems to help with the taste a bit. I read somewhere that the heat can cause spinach/lettuce to become bitter and that they are more of a spring/autumn veg. Has anyone else experienced this?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,040
    Mature spinach does have a more pronounced flavour than the rather bland small leaves sold in supermarkets nowadays and often used in salads.  

    It should be fine if you remove the larger stalks then steam it and serve with a generous knob of butter chops

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,657
    Both spinach and lettuce can taste more bitter when they begin to bolt (produce flowers) and both will do that in hot weather, so that may be what you have read
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Sam76Sam76 Posts: 130
    Ok thanks
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  • jfhjfh Posts: 1
    I find that this happens with perpetual spinach. Boil or steam it then drain off and cook in butter. Generally solves the bitter problem.
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