The other day I was at the grocery store picking up a couple of things, one of which was a bag of fresh spinach to replace the one I'd taken from Son Donald's refrigerator shelf. I usually get my bagged spinach at Aldi, where there's one brand and two choices-take it or leave it. However, this store had an overwhelming selection of alternatives. Did I want a bag (multiple sizes) or a clamshell? Organic or conventional? What brand?
I visualized the label of the bag I'd used. The ones that were displayed on the eye-level shelf weren't right--they weren't big enough, or mixed with other greens. I found what I was looking for tucked away on the bottom shelf. It was a 9 ounce bag with the word SPINACH predominantly printed on the cellophane. I checked the shelf price tag to see how much I'd be paying for it, and was startled to read I was getting something called "teenage spinach".
WHAT?!? I'd never heard of teenage spinach. Is it impulsive and hormonal? Does it sleep all day and prefer to hang out with its friends?
Of course not; it's just a categorizing term. Spinach is typed according to how long it's grown before harvest. Baby spinach has small leaves that are picked early (usually about a third of the time it takes to mature). Teen spinach grows a little longer and has larger leaves.
Still, the idea of impulsive, hormonal greens makes me smile.
Five years ago today: New Thing #220--Electronic