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Swiss Chard

Nutritional Information

1 cup, swiss chard

  • Calories 7
  • Calories from Fat 0.63
  • Amount%DV
  • Total Fat 0.07g0%
  • Saturated Fat 0.011g0%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0.014g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.025g
  • Cholestreol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 77mg3%
  • Potassium 136mg4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 1.35g0%
  • Dietary Fiber 0.6g2%
  • Sugars 0.4g
  • Protein 0.65g1%
  • Calcium 2mg0%
  • Iron 4mg22%
  • Vitamin A 44%
  • Vitamin C 18%

When In Season:

    Louisiana: September (late) - December (early)
    Maine: July (early) - November (early)
    Oklahoma: March (early) - June (late), October (early) - November (late)

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Swiss Chard on Wikipedia:

For other uses, see Chard (disambiguation). ``Silverbeet`` redirects here. For the album by The Bats, see Silverbeet (album). Chard Red Chard growing at Slow Food Nation Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiospermae (unranked): Eudicots Order: Caryophyllales Family: Amaranthaceae Genus: Beta Species: B. vulgaris Subspecies: B. v. var. cicla Trinomial name Beta vulgaris var. cicla (L.) K.Koch Red chard

Chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla), also known by the common names Swiss Chard[1], Silverbeet, Perpetual Spinach, Spinach Beet, Crab Beet, Seakale Beet and Mangold, is a leafy vegetable and a Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima. Although the leaves are eaten, it is in the same species as the garden beet (beetroot) which is usually grown primarily for its edible roots.[2]

The word Swiss was used to distinguish chard from French spinach varieties by 19th century seed catalog publishers. The chard is very popular among Mediterranean cooks. The first varieties have been traced back to Sicily.

Chard can be harvested while the leaves are young and tender or after maturity when they are larger and have slightly tougher stems. Chard is extremely perishable.

Chard has shiny green ribbed leaves, with stems that range from white to yellow and red depending on the cultivar. It has a slightly bitter taste. Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked or sauteed; their bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a refined flavor which is more delicate than that of cooked spinach.

Cultivars of chard include green forms, such as 'Lucullus' and 'Fordhook Giant', as well as red-ribbed forms such as 'Ruby Chard', 'Rainbow Chard', and 'Rhubarb Chard'.[2]

Chard and the other beets are chenopods, a group which is either its own family Chenopodiaceae or a subfamily within the Amaranthaceae.

Chard is used in a variety of cultures around the world.

All parts of the chard plant contain oxalic acid.

See also



^ Characterization and biological activity of the main flavonoids from Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris subspecies cycla). Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy & Phytopharmacology, 01-FEB-07 ^ a b Eat with the beet, Monty Don, 9 February 2003, The Guardian Look up chard in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Beta vulgaris