Salute to Swiss Chard and 10+ Favorite Healthy Swiss Chard Recipes
For everyone who grows swiss chard or grows it in the garden, here’s my Salute to Swiss Chard with 10+ Favorite Healthy Swiss Chard Recipes!
Have you grown or eaten Swiss Chard
? Lately I’ve been surprised to discover how many people aren’t well acquainted with this hearty and tasty type of garden greens, so for my latest garden update I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve learned about growing chard and some of my favorite recipes using it.
Swiss chard (also called chard, silverbeet, and perpetual spinach) is an easy-to-grow type of greens that are highly nutritious. Both the stems and leaves are good to eat. Small, tender leaves make a nice addition to salads or are good for making chard pesto, while larger leaves should be cut away from the ribs so stems and leaves can be cooked separately. Chard has a pleasant flavor that’s a little stronger than spinach, but not as strong as kale or mustard greens.
Chard is also very attractive in the garden. I especially like this gorgeous rainbow chard that can produce three gorgeous colors from one package of seeds.
I believe it was about 2007 when I started growing Swiss chard, and I love the way you can trim off leaves and the plant will continue producing new ones, even in the hot Utah summers. Chard is easy to grow from seed, and I never had problems with my chard until the year when a flock of quail discovered it and started to eat the leaves until only the stalks remained, like you see in the photo above. A visit to the garden center taught me to use garden netting to save the Swiss chard from the birds
, and all has been well ever since.
In 2011 my Swiss chard was especially prolific, and I experimented with it quite a bit. I loved this Spicy Asian Stir-Fried Swiss Chard
, which my nephew Jake and I completely devoured the day we made it.
Another very delicious recipe is this Italian Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard from 2007.
Slow Cooker Spicy Vegetarian Pinto Bean and Chard Burritos are another delicious way to get greens into your diet.
Finally, one of the most creative ways I’ve used Swiss chard is in this Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto
which I made earlier in the summer when a friend gave me some garlic scapes.
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