Garden spinach comes in three basic types: savoy, flat-leafed or smooth-leafed, and semi-savoy.
Savoy types have darker green, crinkled leaves. They are cold tolerant and productive for home gardens.
Flat-leafed or smooth-leafed types have flat, lighter-green leaves and are preferred for canning, commercial food processing, and sometimes for home cooking because leaves are easy to work with and clean in large volumes.
Semi-savoy spinach types are hybrid varieties that cross the characteristics of the other two types. They often have greater resistance to pests and diseases.
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