Swiss Chard


Swiss Chard


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Description/Taste


Rainbow Swiss chard has wrinkled skin with green and bronze leaves and bright shoot. The leaves are in different color schemes like gold, pink, orange, purple, red, and white variations. Rainbow Swiss chard is similar to other chards. The young leaves are so soft, the stems, fibrous and sometimes bitter.   


Seasons/Availability


Rainbow Swiss chard is available throughout the year. 


Current Facts


Rainbow Swiss chard scientifically known as Beta vulgaris subsp, also called a 5-color Silverbeet and Bright Lights. cicla var. Flavescens, is an ancient leafy green usually called leaf beet.


Nutritional Value


Chard is famous for its rich source of nutrition and called nutritional powerhouse with vitamins, nutrients and health benefits. Rainbow Swiss chard is full of vitamins C, K, E, beta-carotene and the minerals manganese and zinc. It also contains betalain. Betalin pigments body's detoxification agents. Betalians are not heat-resistant but if they are cooked longer they would lose their richness.


Applications


Rainbow Swiss chard is famous for salad green and a leaf vegetable, making it a delicious ingredient in cooking. It can be used both raw and cooked; cooking will give the leaves an odd flavor. Chard can be used as alternative for spinach. Complimentary ingredients include citrus, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, olive oil, grains such as rice and barley, artichokes, beets, roasted meats and chicken, bacon, cream, cheeses such as pecorino and parmesan and herbs such as basil and arugula. 


Geography/History


All chard varieties belongs to sea beet (B. maritima) family. It is a wild seashore plant usually grows along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of Europe and North Africa.