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How Much Spinach is in a Pound?

Many recipes will call for "1 cup of cooked spinach" or "1 pound of fresh spinach" but it is not always easy to figure out actually how much spinach is in a cup. In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how much spinach you need to buy.

To answer How much fresh spinach is needed to make a cup of cooked we went to the store to check out the vegetable section. After surveying the produce we confirmed that the yield for spinach depends on the type used. We selected 1 pound of a typical supermarket flat or smooth leaf spinach for our testing sample.

One pound of fresh spinach will produce about 10 cups of torn raw leaves. If you only need about 1 cup of raw spinach, then you would only need to purchase 1.5 to 2 ounces. Be aware of how much spinach shrinks during cooking! One pound of fresh spinach will reduce to about 1 cup of cooked spinach; about 1/10 the original quantity.

Did you know that there are three main varieties of spinach: Flat leaf is the most popular with its smooth leaves. Savoy and Semi-Savoy, the other two types, are wrinkly and more intense in flavor. Spinach is a native plant of Persia (modern day Iran) but today China is the world's largest spinach producer at 85% market share. And finally, in the 1930's U.S. spinach growers credited Popeye the Sailorman with a 33% increase in domestic sales - a welcome economic boost for the spinach industry during the depression era.

Next time your recipe calls for a 1 cup of cooked spinach or 1 pound of fresh spinach you'll feel confident knowing what you need. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how much spinach in a... measurements you need.

A Pound of Spinach Equals

  • There is 1 Cup (240 mls) of Cooked Spinach in a Pound of Spinach
  • There is 10 cups (2366 mls) of Raw Spinach Leaves in a Pound of Spinach

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