Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a leafy flowering plant in the amaranth family (Amaranthaceae). It is native to Western Asia but is now cultivated around the world. Spinach contains a high amount of iron and calcium, as well as a high amount of carotenoids, vitamin C, and vitamin K which are essential to the human diet. The spinach genome is diploid with an estimated size of 989 Mb.
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Content written by Galyna Vakulenko Summer Intern 2018