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What's that stuff in my fresh spinach?

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This question has been driving me crazy for years, but I never knew who to ask. But now I ask you, fellow chowhounders. What is that green in my fresh spinach? It's shaped like a blade, like grass but with a rounded tip and it is thicker than grass. I always find it when I'm cleaning my spinach. Any ideas?

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  1. It's spinach. These are the first "leaves" (actually called the cotyledon) that emerge from a spinach plant. It's baby spinach in the truest sense!

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    1. re: Anne

      This is exactly what I love so much about CH, Anne. I always just assumed it was "baby spinach", but the full explanation is great!

      1. re: Anne

        Aha! Thanks Anne. I would have never guessed that since the blades are so thick. But I checked out Google images and that's it. Another of life's mysteries solved.

      2. I always thought it was some kind of contamination so I fished it out when I washed the spinach... it almost looks like some kind of grass and I wasn't sure it was safe to eat! I didn't know it was just baby leaves...