One of the Shakers’ main industries was the growing of herbs for medicinal use. A Shaker catalogue of the 1830s offered 354 kinds of medicinal plants, barks, roots, seeds and flowers. This led quite naturally to a widespread use of herbs in their cooking. This is their excellent way with spinach.
Wash the spinach in several changes of cold water. Place in a heavy saucepan, cover tightly and cook over a moderate heat for about 8 minutes. Turn into a colander and press to remove the surplus liquid. When it cools down, chop it fairly finely. Heat the butter in a saucepan and add the spring onions, rosemary and parsley. Add the spinach and stir over a brisk heat to mix in the herbs and rehe