Swiss Chard: A Champion in the Garden

Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) is a large-leafed vegetable with colorful stalks and veins. In the garden, Swiss chard is a proficient grower and is beautiful when added to a landscape or grown in a garden bed. Swiss chard grows upright with young leaves growing from the inside of the plant. The stalks range in colors like white, yellows, oranges, pinks, and hues of red.

Swiss chard is a nutritious addition to your garden. Swiss chard is higher in iron than other greens like kale, mustard greens, collards, and romaine. It is also high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, fiber, and vitamins. Swiss chard contains high amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A. For many people, Swiss chard is a welcome replacement green to kale which can be rougher to eat raw. Swiss chard can be eaten raw, braised, boiled, sautéed or juiced. It has a mild flavor that is more delicate than that of kale or collards. It has a more tender and supple leaf than other greens, which makes it a great to add in salads or to be used as a wrap in place of a tortilla or bread.

In the garden Swiss chard is easy to grow, maintain, and harvest. Swiss chard will grow to be about a foot tall and gets fuller as it matures. Swiss chard can be planted in containers but it does best being direct-seeded into the ground. Once germinated, Swiss chard needs little to no attention until harvest. Leaves can simply be pulled or cut off of the plant, taking the outside leaves will allow the Swiss chard plant to continue growing from the inside. After the plant matures, it will start to slow down after a few months and the leaves will become more leathery and tough. This is why it’s a great idea to plant Swiss chard, and greens in general, in successions. Planting several times during the season will ensure that you always have plenty of Swiss chard!

Adding Swiss chard to your garden or diet is a great way to incorporate a vegetable that is beautiful and nutritious!