Know Your Spinach! - 38 varieties and still counting!



Spinach is an important vegetable green. It is a great source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

As a terrace gardener, one tends to grow many types of spinach. Therefore a question arises as to how many types of spinach's out there.

Based on quick internet research, I have come up with 38 varieties globally. This list is not vetted scientifically, there may be scope for further rationalization, and may be there are more varieties to add to the list.

While most of the Spinach belong to the Spinacea Oleracia species, please note the "Other Types" mentioned at the end of the table. More such other types likely to emerge.

Please write in the comments to help improve the completeness and accuracy of the table below. Click the links for more info, especially the pictures you like to see. This article will be edited in future to refine the info as much possible with your help.

Now, the curiosity is how many of these are available in Bengaluru gardens.

Thanks to Noor Fathima, a convesration with her inspired this quick research and article.

 - Nataraja Upadhya

For Paint Bengaluru Green and More (ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಹಸಿರು ಓಕುಳಿ!) &
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Spinach Type
Spinach Name
Web link(s) for more details
Scientific Name
Remarks
Savoy Spinach (Thick and deep crinkled leaves, hard to clean)
Hammerhead Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Bloomsdale Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Palco Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Regiment Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Semi-Savoy Spinach (Less crinkled leaves)
Carmel Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Emperor Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Kookaburra Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Acadia Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Tasman Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Reflect Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Kolibri Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Teton Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Indian Summer Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Catalina Spinach (Baby Leaf Spinach)
Spinacia oleracea

Tyee Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Crocodile Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Avon Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Tundra Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Giant 157 H
Spinacia oleracea

Smooth Leafed or Flat Leafed or Straight Leafed Spinach (Smooth and Flat Leaves)
Space Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Gazelle Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Corvair Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Flamingo Spinach (Arrowhead Spinach)
Spinacia oleracea
Summer delight spinach is a variation of arrowhead spinach, highly heat tolerant, slow to bolt.
Red Kitten Spinach (Red Carnival Spinach)
Spinacia oleracea

Wood Pecker Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Seaside Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Renegade Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Lizard Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Auroch Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Anna Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Harmony Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Bordeaux Spinach
Spinacia oleracea

Other (The ones not fitting the the classification above and different species altogether)
Tree Spinach
Cnidoscolus aconitifolius

Malabar Spinach - Green
Basella alba

Malabar Spinach - Red
Basella alba

Nela Basale
Talinum fruticosum

Forrest Spinach (KaanBasale)
????

New Zealand Spinach
Tetragonia tetragoniodes



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