Green Swiss chard is available year-round.
Green Swiss chard is a variety of Beta vulgaris, which also includes rhubarb and table beets. It belongs to the Amaranthaceae family. Green Swiss chard is an heirloom variety that has been around for centuries and is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region.
Fresh green Swiss chard can be stored refrigerated in plastic bag for up to one week. The leaves should remain unwashed until just before use as moisture will cause them to spoil more quickly. It can also be blanched and frozen for up to 3 months.
Green Swiss Chard contains essential vitamins such as A, C, E and K as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. It is an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants. Additionally, it contains a wide variety of phytonutrients providing anti-inflammatory benefits.
Green Swiss chard can be cooked in a variety of ways including stir-fry, steamed or boiled. The leafy greens are commonly used in recipes such as quiche, frittata and soups or served alongside wild rice. It also pairs nicely with other vegetables such as potatoes, onions and garlic. The tender stalks pair nicely with salads and make for a great addition to smoothies due to their mild flavor. Green Swiss chard is also often eaten raw when young or lightly cooked for added crunch.
Chard is a great all-around green that can be used in a variety of dishes to add flavor, texture and nutrition! Try it out for yourself and see how versatile it can be.