The Story of Strawberry
This variety has been grown in Europe for centuries and is also known as 'Strawberry Bite' spinach. The bright fruits are sometimes used for dyeing fabric and fiber.
Spinach most likely originated in Persia before being introduced to ancient India and China. In the early 7th century spinach made its way to Sicily and the Mediterranean region and moved into England and France in the 14th century.
When Catherine de 'Medici became queen of France she brought her love of spinach. Any French dish that incorporated spinach was thereafter known as "Florentine" as a credit to de 'Medici's heritage. Popular culture also has given us "Popeye the Sailor Man", a cartoon character that becomes physically stronger after consuming spinach.