This week, I planted my first seeds of the season and Rainbow Swiss Chard was in the mix!
Aside from having beautiful vibrant colored stems, Swiss Chard is an excellent source of bone-building vitamin K, manganese, and magnesium; antioxidant vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E; heart-healthy potassium; and energy-producing iron.
It is a very good source of bone-healthy copper and calcium; energy-producing vitamin B2 and vitamin B6; and muscle-building protein, and heart-healthy dietary fiber.
In addition, Swiss chard also provides energy-producing phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, biotin, and niacin; immune supportive zinc; and heart-healthy folate.
As you can see, Swiss Chard is a nutritional powerhouse!
HOW TO GROW SWISS CHARD
- Tolerates partial shade and a range of soils
- Grows well in containers
- Direct sow or transplant seedlings in spring and again in late summer for a fall crop
- Related to beets, so it’s easy to mix up the seeds!
- Thin seedlings for use in salads
- Keep soil consistently moist
- With minimal care, a few Swiss chard plants can keep you supplied into the winter
- “Bright Lights” rainbow variety is beautiful!
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HOW TO ENJOY SWISS CHARD
- Leaves AND stems are edible (but the greens are where you’ll find the nutrition)
- Mild when cooked, a tad bitter when raw due to oxalic acid content
- Toss penne pasta with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cooked Swiss chard
- Add zest to omelets and frittatas by adding some boiled Swiss chard
- Use chard in place of or in addition to spinach when preparing vegetarian lasagna
- Here are 20 recipes for how to turn Swiss chard into a delicious dish!
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NOTE: If you have problems with your kidney or gallbladder, Swiss chard, spinach, and beet greens are best eaten in moderation because they are high in oxalates, which can interfere with calcium absorption. Cook with something rich like tofu, seeds, nuts, beans, butter, animal products, or oil to help balance the effect of the oxalic acid.
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