WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25: SPINACH LOVERS MONTH
Profile America — Monday, October 25th. This is Spinach Lovers Month — perhaps the only vegetable made famous by a comic strip. The spinach eating sailor Popeye first appeared in January 1929 — and soon spinach was the third favorite children's food after turkey and ice cream. Several towns proclaim they are the "spinach capital of the world," among them Crystal City, Texas, which has a statue of Popeye in front of its city hall, and an annual spinach festival. Spinach is now a regular ingredient in salads and has a new lease on life with the news that its lutein content can help prevent macular degeneration. Each year, there are 365,000 tons of spinach produced in the U.S., worth $187 million. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 495
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 834
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau