Swiss Chard

SwissChard2In the same family as the common beet, Swiss chard is one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean. Greeks and Romans honored chard for its medicinal properties.

The peak season for chard is from June until August– although it is available throughout the year at grocery stores. Its colorful stems and leaves which also include dark green colors, signal an abundance of phytonutrients. These phytonutrients provide anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Chard can also support bone health with a good supply of calcium and magnesium and Vitamin K.

Do not wash chard prior to storage in the refrigerator because it will contribute to early spoilage. Rinse under cold water before use but do not soak, as nutrient loss will result. Purchase from a chilled display to  ensure crunchier texture and sweeter taste.