Sorrel or spinach - which is healthier?

 Sorrel or spinach - which is healthier?

If you have tried both spinach and sorrel, then you know for sure which greens of these two tastes better, in your opinion. But what is more useful, you can't tell right off the bat, you need to figure it out. Although everyone who remembers the hero of comics and cartoons sailor Popeye guesses: spinach is healthier, if only because it contains a lot of iron. A can of spinach served as a doping for Popeye, increasing his strength.

Comparing the content of proteins, fats and carbohydrates

Everyone who monitors their weight when buying food in a supermarket must check the composition and energy value. Such information about sorrel with spinach will not hurt. Will eating them affect your figure? And how much will such greens give strength for work, for example, in the beds?

Table: energy value of sorrel and spinach

Content in 100 g of productSorrelSpinach
Proteins1.5 g2.9 g
Fats0.3 g0.3 g
Carbohydrates2.9 g2.0 g
Dietary fiber1.2 g1.3 g

Spinach is slightly higher in calories and contains more protein. If your goal is to build muscle, become stronger in the future, then spinach will be healthier. But sorrel contains more carbohydrates, which are our main source of energy.

Sorrel has more carbs than spinach

Where are the more vitamins?

Of course, no one except Popeye eats spinach exclusively, and neither does sorrel to get stronger or get more work done. There are other suitable foods for this, such as meat. But for the sake of vitamins, we are ready to add decent portions of greens to our diet.

Table: Vitamin content as a percentage of the daily value

Vitaminsin sorrel (%)in spinach (%)

Sorrel contains more vitamins B1, B6 and H, which are involved in the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, that is, in all processes in the body; they help us cope with stress and protect our hair and skin. Spinach wins in all other categories, especially vitamin K. 100 g of leaves contain a dose 4 times higher than the daily norm. Be careful! Vitamin K is essential for the synthesis of proteins, it normalizes the level of blood clotting, is responsible for the health of the kidneys, and plays an important role in the metabolism of bones and connective tissues.

Spinach is similar in appearance to sorrel, but differs from it in taste and richer content of vitamins.

Fresh (not cooked) spinach is especially rich in antioxidants. It is one of the main food sources of folic acid - vitamin B9, which was first isolated by scientists from spinach leaves.

However, due to an overdose of vitamin K, which affects blood clotting, I would not eat 100 g of spinach every day. As V. I. Lenin wrote: less is better, but better.

The content of biologically important elements in sorrel and spinach

The building blocks of our body are different elements: potassium, phosphorus, sodium, etc. As their supplier, spinach surpasses not only sorrel, but also all known vegetables.

In terms of weight, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables. It contains iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, C and E.

Table: which elements are more in sorrel, and which ones are in spinach

The elementsin sorrelin spinach
% of the daily value

Sorrel is noticeably superior to spinach only in terms of chlorine and copper content. However, don't jump to conclusions. According to the same Wikipedia, although spinach is rich in iron and calcium, we cannot fully assimilate them. In particular, only 5% of the entire portion of calcium will enter our body. The absorption is hindered by phytic acids, for which spinach also holds the record.

And again there is an excess in spinach, but now there is silicon. If you lean on these greens every day, then there will be a risk of salt deposition in the joints, kidneys and other organs. With sorrel, too, not everything is clear. It contains much more organic acids than spinach, in particular, oxalic acid, which is not very useful, and is contraindicated for people with high acidity.

What are the health benefits of sorrel and spinach

Sorrel is valuable as the first spring supplier of vitamins C, B, A, K, E to our table. This means that with it we are protected from colds, insomnia, stress. Sorrel is able to prolong our youth, make our eyesight sharper, and it helps children grow up big and healthy.

Spinach, when grown independently, appears later on the table. Its leaves in our salad offer the same benefits as sorrel, and the portions may be smaller. In addition, spinach increases physical strength and also neutralizes carcinogens in fried meat and reduces the risk of cancer.

Sorrel and spinach are two herbs of different taste and composition. There are more vital elements in spinach. But it is better to alternate and combine greens in your diet, and not to abuse sour sorrel or spinach too rich in some elements.

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Table... Energy and nutritional value per 100 grams of cooked product:

Substance number
Protein 0.76 g
Fats 0.18 g
Carbohydrates 8.22 g
Vitamin A 852 μg
Vitamin B1 0.066 mg
Vitamin B2 0.044 mg
Vitamin C 3.6 mg
Vitamin E 1.03 mg
Vitamin K 13.7 μg
Potassium 235 mg
Calcium 30 mg
Magnesium 10 mg
Sodium 58 mg
Phosphorus 30 mg
Iron 0.34 mg
Manganese 0.155 mg
Copper 17 mcg
Fluorine 47.5 μg

The dependence of the crop on the types of soil

Each type of land has a characteristic, unique structure. The constituent elements - layers - differ in composition, color, structure.

The most fertile are chernozems. In order for crops to bear fruit without interruption, it is necessary to periodically replenish the supply of macro- and microelements. To increase the friability, sand, compost or peat is required.

Sandstones and loams are also favorable. They are air and moisture permeable, hold mineral fertilizers well. Most garden plants feel comfortable here.

The use of other types of soil is associated with certain difficulties.


One of the hardest to handle. It is poorly permeable to air and water, which inhibits the course of natural biological processes. The increased acidity makes it even more difficult for crops to grow.

Clay soil is refined by introducing:

  1. wood ash or peat
  2. river sand to improve drainage properties
  3. manure, compost
  4. NPK fertilizers and slaked lime for autumn digging.

The full development of the site takes about five years.


It passes moisture too quickly, heats up very much and freezes, so it is impossible to get a good harvest without additional measures. To increase the viscosity during the spring digging, organic fertilizers are applied:

  • manure is most effective
  • less productive are compost, peat.

During cultivation, the beds are mulched to reduce evaporation.


Typical for coniferous forests. Most unsuitable for farming. Undeveloped soils:

  • sour
  • with a high content of mobile aluminum, toxic to plants
  • are characterized by a small amount of nutrients.

To normalize the pH, the soil is limed in the fall. Alkaline fertilizers are used in the spring. To thicken the fertile layer, manure is introduced.


Formed as a result of excessive moisture from natural precipitation or groundwater. Due to poor drainage, undecomposed plant residues accumulate in it, ferrous compounds of iron are formed. Such soil is rich in nutrients, but they are not available for the crops growing here.

To bring the earth to a normal state, it is enriched:

  1. organic
  2. potassium
  3. phosphorus.

Artificial drainage measures are being taken, bulk beds are made.

Determination of the frequency of harvest

Spinach is an early ripening crop that allows you to harvest several crops per season. With good care from early spring to late autumn, crops can be renewed every 15-20 days. It is also a cold-resistant crop, so it is advised to sow it before winter. It is not recommended to plant spinach later than August 15-20. With this planting time, you can get a larger yield and crisper leaves than in spring. Of course, the seeding characteristics also depend on the variety.

Techniques for growing tomato seedlings, feeding and caring for it

Growing tomato seedlings, this is what gardeners do as soon as the "spring smells". In what only seedlings are not grown - in peat tablets, in home-made containers, in "diapers", in sawdust. In the Krasnodar Territory, tomatoes are one of the leading vegetable crops. No wonder. Growing tomatoes is one of the main directions of the development of Kuban agriculture. Not a single private garden ...

Botanical description

The genus Sorrel belongs to the Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae) and includes 150 species - that's such a variety. These are mainly grasses and shrubs. All species are widespread almost all over the world: about 70 different sorrel grows in Russia alone, and they grow mainly in the European part of the country.

Common sorrel grows in our gardens

Here are just some of the species of this genus: passerine, horse, water, alpine sorrel and, finally, known to all of us sour sorrelhe is ordinary (Rumex acetosa)... This is what we grow in our gardens and use for food.

Other types of sorrel are also used by humans as vegetable or medicinal, for example horse sorrel (Rumex confertus), pyramidal sorrel (Rumex thyrsiflorus), spinach (Rumex patientia).

Horse sorrel

Everyone probably knows what he looks like. The plant forms a basal rosette of simple oblong rather large leaves sitting on petioles. Then tall peduncles grow, at the ends of which complex inflorescences-panicles with many small flowers are formed - it is even difficult to call them flowers. Over time, fruitlets are formed - triangular boxes.

Interesting Facts

  1. Spinach is the most commonly used herb in national cuisines of different countries.
  2. The name is translated from Persian as "green hand".
  3. During heat treatment, useful components in spinach are practically not destroyed.
  4. Folic acid was first derived from spinach.
  5. If you leave the plant in a warm room for a day, nitrogenous salts that are dangerous to health accumulate in it, the use of such leaves can lead to poisoning. It is especially dangerous for children to eat such spinach.
  6. Vitamin C content can be compared to citrus fruits.
  7. The plant loves fertile, well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
  8. These greens increase your aerobic capacity.
  9. In France, he is considered the "king" of leafy vegetables, a broom for the stomach.
  10. Arab sages in their treatises called him "a general among the greenery."

The Persian name for spinach is translated as "green hand"

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