Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Crop Guide – Spinach
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature Crop Guide – Spinach

The spinach is a special fall crop in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. Its seeds become available at the supermarket after shipping 100 carrots, 100 eggplants, 100 sweet potatoes, and 100 green peppers. It is important to unlock the spinach seeds in order to complete the recipe list in the game.

Crop Information

Harvesting a fully grown spinach | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Harvesting a fully grown spinach

Season: Fall

Where to buy Seeds: At the Supermarket (After shipping 100 each of the other fall crops)

Days to Grow: 5 days

Renewable Crop: No

Important Note: Each bag of seeds has 9 seeds that will fill a 3×3 square of tilled soil when planted. If you plant any seed on untilled soil, it will not grow and you will lose it forever.

Profit Using 3×3 and Fat-C Method

For non-renewable crops, we will calculate the profit per bag per day with the formula (Total Profit per Bag / Days to Grow).

 3×3 SquareFat-C Method
Seed Bag Cost200G200G
Price per Crop80G80G
Total Revenue per Bag720G640G
Total Profit per Bag520G440G
Profit per Bag per Day104G88G
Maximum Harvests per Season6 times6 times
Maximum Profit per Season3120G2640G

The Fat-C Method

Different variations of the Fat-C pattern | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Different variations of the Fat-C pattern

This planting method involves tilling a 3×3 square of soil and leaving one square on the edge untilled, planting just 8 crops instead of 9. This is the most efficient method of planting crops during the early stages of the game since the center crop is inaccessible without an upgraded watering can.

Spinach Recipes

The recipe “Greens” is made from spinach | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The recipe “Greens” is made from spinach

You can use spinach as a main ingredient in vegetable-based recipes and as an optional ingredient in other recipes.

As Main Ingredient: Greens, Miso Soup

As Optional Ingredient: Curry, Fried Rice, Mixed Juice, Rice Omelet, Stew, Stir Fry, Veggie Latte, Vegetable Juice, Veggie Pancake

Gifting Spinach

Stu does not like spinach and other vegetables | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Stu does not like spinach and other vegetables

Most people in the game will react positively when receiving spinach. Instead of giving the crop directly as a present, it is better to first create a recipe using it.

GirlsReaction
AnnNeutral
ElliNeutral
KarenLike
MaryLike
PopuriNeutral

Characters Who Love Spinach

These character’s affection levels will significantly increase if you give them spinach.

Love: None

Characters Who Hate Spinach

These character’s affection levels will significantly decrease if you give them spinach.

Dislike: Stu

Additional Tips

  • You can use spinach as an offering to the Harvest Goddess by tossing it into the waterfall.
  • Spinach is the only ingredient of the recipe “Greens”, which means you must unlock spinach first in order to complete the recipe list. Completing the recipe list will count towards your overall progress and completion of the game.