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I have some recipies for green smoothies, where some of the ingredients are for example "1 bunch of spinach" or "1/2 bunch of spinach".

The spinach I've found in the store are usually fresh leaves packed in a plastic bag of for example roughly 250 grams... But, how much is a bunch?

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Does your bagged spinach include leaves? (I also more frequently see bagged baby spinach than full-size spinach.) –  Jefromi Jun 22 '12 at 16:28
    
Ack, does it include stems? (of course there are leaves!) –  Jefromi Jun 22 '12 at 16:34
    
Yeah, it's a bunch of green leaves. Like, 6x4 cm in size. I'm pretty sure it's regular spinach and not baby spinach, as there are other bags which says baby spinach on them :) –  Svish Jun 22 '12 at 16:35
    
@Jefromi Ah, hehe, yes, the leaves have a few cm of stems as well –  Svish Jun 22 '12 at 16:36
    
But they're all separate leaves, not a single connected plant. Like a "ball of salad" or a "tree of broccoli". –  Svish Jun 22 '12 at 16:38
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A bunch of spinach usually weighs something like 250-500 grams. My best guess is that something like half that is the stems, which can easily be as long as the leaves. So very roughly, I'd say a bunch is 125-250 grams. Alternately, if you want to go by volume (e.g. if your store has bulk loose baby spinach), think of a bunch as something like a head of lettuce, except with the bottom third to half mostly stems.

Full-size spinach also definitely gets a lot better than 4x6 cm leaves, so you may still be using somewhat more tender baby spinach, but that of course won't cause you any problems. (The stems on baby spinach are tender enough to eat, especially when blending, so you can use everything in your bags.)

In any case, smoothies are really forgiving - not only do you not need a lot of precision, but you can just add and blend until the color and flavor look how you want!

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So 1 bunch is roughly one bag like that then, maybe a bit less. Perfect! Thanks :) You're right that smoothies are forgiving. It's just that I'm very new, and when you don't even know what a bunch is it's a bit difficult to decide how much to use :p –  Svish Jun 22 '12 at 17:05
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A bunch is the amount of a produce you can hold in you hand considering the picking and sales process

So for spinach, a bunch is a full handful holding the stems, you fingers do not need to touch, it just what you can hold on to comfortably

This is a very imprecise measurement

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But bunches of lettuce and spinach are generally whole plants - they were grown until they were that size, not picked by the handful. –  Jefromi Jun 23 '12 at 4:40
    
@Jefromi depends where you are from? A lettuce grows as a 'head', and you take a 'bunch' of lettuce leaves. A bunch of spinach (as per OP) consists of multiple heads of spinach, unless you let your spinach grow tough! I don't think a bunch is a weight type unit, it depends on the produce, and has more to do with keeping produce for sale in usable units, e.g. everything at one or two dollars. A bunch of coriander is very much smaller than a bunch of spinach, but it is the same price –  TFD Jun 23 '12 at 7:46
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