“I’m strong to the finish, ‘cause I eats me Spinach, I’m Popeye the sailor man!”
The man. The myth. The legend. There was nothing Popeye couldn’t do. He was strong, courageous, persistent and consistent. To what did he owe his strength? Spinach. The reputation of the leafy green has never lost its touch since the 1920s character made eating your greens “cool.” In fact, many people credit the popularity of spinach today because of the comedy sitcom that never seemed to get old.
Have time for a quick story? Great. We found out why spinach became so popular through the character Popeye – and it was all by a mishap that was nearly missed! It started back in 1870 when Erich von Wolf was documenting the exact amount of iron in spinach. Although his findings were indeed accurate, he made a simple error – forgot a decimal point! It is said that while Wolf intended to write down in his notes that spinach has 3.5 milligrams of iron per 100-gram servings, he forgot to put the decimal point and made it out to 35 milligrams! Perhaps the decimal was there in the notes but too small to decipher? How did he not catch this mistake in his life? Or did he?