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Mar 19, 2016 1:41 PM

UNH researching which spinach varieties grow best in state

The Associated Press

DURHAM - The University of New Hampshire is growing spinach to determine the best varieties and planting dates for winter production in the state.

Kaitlyn Orde, a graduate student at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, said the traditional growing season in the state is very short - limiting the period for local food production. She and others are conducting a trial in an unheated high-tunnel environment at the station's research farm.

Although the research project is ongoing, scientists report they already have seen great variation in plant type and growth habit between varieties, affecting ease and pace of harvest. They also have seen differences in leaf size, color and texture. They say some might be better used for cooking, but all are delicious raw.

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