Autumn sunshine sets off the traffic lights in the vegetable plot. A low angle for the rays of sunshine creates an extra opportunity to appreciate this vegetable. I like the leaf texture and think Chard can look so colourful that I will grow some amongst the flowers for next year.
Swiss Chard Varieties
- Ruby Red has stunning deep veins and can be picked young.
- Bright Lights is a seed mixture ready within a month.
- Lucullus with a clean white stem.
- Bright Yellow as it says on the label
- Leaf Beet Rhubarb Chard is deep red burgundy coloured.
- Leaf Beet Bulls Blood is used as a salad leaf.
available from Thompson & Morgan
Eating Swiss Chard
- Also called Leaf Beet, Swiss Chard is similar to spinach with a slightly bitter flavour.
- Swiss Chard is pungent and tastes slightly salty.
- It contains an exceptionally impressive list of health promoting nutrients and is definately one of your five a day.
- Both the leaves and stalk of chard are edible, although the stems vary in texture with the white ones being the most tender.