info: Chard is a leaf vegetable with green ribbed leaves & brightly colored stalks. It has a flavor similar to spinach. A good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, dietary fiber, and iron.
storage: Wrap loosely in paper towels & store in refrigerator crisper drawer for up to three days.
preparation: Wash well in cold water. Trim the leaves from the stalks, as the stalks will take longer to cook. Dice the stalks to desired consistency.
Boiling is best, but you can also steam or saute chard.
from WHFoods: Swiss Chard
Swiss chard isn’t native to Switzerland, but the Swiss botanist Koch determined the scientific name of this plant in the 19th century and since then, its name has honored his homeland. The actual homeland of chard lies further south, in the Mediterranean region, and in fact, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle wrote about chard in the fourth century B.C. This is not surprising given the fact that the ancient Greeks, and later the Romans, honored chard for its medicinal properties. … read more