Baby Chards
babyveg.gif (950 bytes)
greenchard.jpg (5914 bytes)rainbow.jpg (9443 bytes)

Green Chard      Rainbow Chard

Description

This biennial plant, also known as Swiss chard is related to the beet and is grown for its edible stalks and leaves.

Compared to spinach, chard leaves are actually larger and milder tasting.

Evergreen Chards

  • Red Swiss Chard
  • Green Swiss Chard
  • Rainbow Chard

Pack Sizes

Food Service Pack 1 doz.

Buying

Choose chard with firm, unblemished stalks and crisp, evenly colored leaves.

Nutritional Information

  Raw Cooked
water 92.7 % 92.7 %
protein 1.8 g 1.9 g
carbohydrates 3.7 g 4.1 g
fat 0.2 g 0.1g
fiber 1.6 g 2.1 g
calories 19 20
  per 100 g per 100 g

Chard leaves are used as a laxative and diuretic.

Preparing

Like spinach, chard should be washed carefully to rid it of the sand and soil concealed in its leaves. Its stalks are fibrous, cut them off near the base and peel off the fibers like threads..

Serving Ideas

Chard can be eaten raw or cooked. When tender and fresh, the raw leaves are delicious in salads. Cooked chard is good warm or cold. It can be cooked whole, or the stalks and leaves can be cooked separately.

The stalks are prepared like spinach or celery and may be served with a Mornay or hollandaise sauce or with vinaigrette.Chard is a  good substitute for Chinese cabbage in sautéed dishes, they can be added to soup or ragouts. Chard leaves are prepared much like spinach , with with they are interchanged in most recipes.

Storing

Chard can be stored unwashed in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator for a maximum of 4 days. Like spinach, the leaves freeze well after being blanched for 2 minutes; the stalks do not take well to freezing.


[Fresh Herbs] [Edible Flowers] [Gourmet Lettuces] [Baby Vegetables] [Exotic Herbs] [Salads]

Baby Vegetables
Main Page


Beans
Beets
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chard
Fennel Bulb/Leaves
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Pattis
Squash
Turnips