Spinach

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Spinach is a type of food that appears in select tins. Eating spinach will provide 600 nutrition for blessed tin or 401-600 nutrition for uncursed tin[1] (much more than other tins) and will increase your strength: "This makes you feel like Popeye!" (or "Swee'pea", if hallucinating). Eating cursed tin of spinach will provide 201-600 nutrition[1] but decrease your strength.

The amount of strength increase is as follows:[2]

Current strength Gain
18 or less
  • +1 (75% chance)
  • +1d6 (25% chance)
18/01–18/84
  • +1d10
18/85 or more
  • +1

Cursed tins of spinach contain a “decaying green substance” (or “decaying substance” if you are blind)[3]. If you decide to eat it, you lose the amount of strength you would otherwise have gained.

The use of Spinach and its effects in NetHack is a reference to comic strip character Popeye, who gains incredible strength after ingesting the vegetable.

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