chard

Info


Chard is a member of the same species as beets. Swiss Chard didn’t originate from Switzerland but the name did. It was named by a Swiss botanist named Koch. The ancient Greeks and Romans, honored chard for its medicinal properties.

Selection


Look for chard with unblemished stalks and shiny, crisp-looking leaves.

Storage


Place unwashed chard in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for several days or up to a week.

Preparation


Wash the chard well in cold water to remove any sand or soil that may be hidden in the leaves. Trim off the bottom most portion of the stalk if it feels tough.

Nutrition


Chard is rich in folate, vitamins A, K, C, magnesium, potassium, iron and fiber. As with anything, it’s best to consume chard in moderation as it contains high levels of oxalates which are naturally-occuring substances that can exacerbate kidney and gallbladder problems. One way to minimize the oxalate content is to quick boil the chard, this will remove much of the oxalate and in the process will bring out more of the chard’s natural sweetness.

Recipes


Breakfast Chard With Parmesan Crisps
Chard Breakfast Muffins
Chargin' Chard
Enchiladas With Chard
Garlicky Greens With Pine Nuts
Gluten-free Mac-n-cheese with Chard
Louise's "Quiche"
Pot-O-Gold Sauteed Rainbow Chard
Swiss Chard Veggie Bowl with Curried Cashews
Tom's Afternoon Tonic
Tom's Morning Tonic
Zucchini & Chard Lasagna