Nature & You: Take indoor nature hike ... in your grocery store
Today's marching orders are thus: Do an indoor nature hike. The destination is the grocery store of your choice. Once there, be on the look out for those vegetables that are being offered for sale.
... but, wait!
I forgot to mention that you'll need to do some prehike prep. You'll want to familiarize yourself with how to identify a plant called "Native American spinach." I'd encourage you to do an internet search for this plant using its high falutin' scientific name: Chenepodium album.
Now, let's get back to your grocery store excursion. I'm sure that you'll have no difficulty finding corn and cabbage and other such things. Obviously, the grocery store selection of spinach is much, much different from the wild native variety that I am sending you in search of.
"Spinach is spinach," you say? Well, hold on, Sherlock! "Native American spinach" has a nutritional content that far exceeds that of comparable veggies that are commercially available. For example, grocery store corn and the seeds of "Native American spinach" are about the same, calorie-wise; but the amount of fat and protein in the wild version puts commercial corn to shame. Garden-variety spinach has only about a third of the calcium as compared to the wild plant. The vitamin component of store-bought cabbage comes in a poor second when compared to the wild greens.
Oddly enough, I have "Native American spinach" growing in my home's lawn as a common weed. I would venture a guess that you would discover the same in your immediate neighborhood.
This all leads to a much closer examination of the definition of a weed. My favorite response is: ... a plant that is out of place.
My thinking is that this nutritious wild plant should have a more prominent place in our neighborhood stores.