What is Swiss Chard?
Swiss chard is a beautiful and nutritious leafy green that is closely related to beetroot. It is native to Southern Europe and has been around since ancient times. In fact, Aristotle spoke of red-stalked chard in 350BC! It’s a powerhouse for its nutritional value but also for its tolerance to both the cold and the heat, not to mention its versatility in the kitchen and it’s delicious flavor.
Where does Swiss chard like to hang out at home?
Swiss chard likes to live in the fridge, preferably in an airtight container. We just keep ours in our vegetable crisper in the fridge and it keeps really well.
You can also freeze swiss chard if you have any left over, although it works better if you blanche it first.
Who does it like to hang out with on the plate?
Swiss chard is incredibly versatile, it goes well with cheese especially feta, goat cheese, ricotta and parmesan. It loves a little squeeze of lemon or vinegar for a bit of acidity. It’s also great with onion, leeks and garlic.
It’s great as a side dish sautéed with some seasoning, the young leaves can be added raw to salads, it can be added to dips for a nutritious hit and goes great in rice.