Information about Vegetables: Chard

About chard, information about the vegetable, production, history and varieties in the world.


Swiss chard (or seakale beet) refers to the stems and leaves of a white-rooted member of the beet family. It is popular in home gardens because it is easy to grow, but since it is highly perishable, it is difficult to ship to distant markets. The succulent stems and leaves can be cooked either separately or together. The leaves, which have a high vitamin A, B, and C content, can be steamed like spinach; and the stems, both the white and the red (ruby chard) varieties, can be cooked like asparagus, and have a nutty flavor.

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