Chard is a relative of the beet. It was developed by selecting beet plants with larger leaves and smaller bulbous roots. The result is a plant with large, wide, sturdy, tasty leaves which can be prepared in a wide variety of dishes.
Chard can be eaten raw, although it may have a bitter flavor which will mellow out with cooking. The stems are edible as well as the leaves. When sauteeing, it may help to begin sauteeing the stalks before adding the leaves to ensure even tenderness.
Chard Recipe Ideas
Added to soup
Alone, with garlic and olive oil
Added to rice or pasta dishes
Used as a pizza topping
Mixed with other veggies/meat in a sandwich wrap
Cooked in an omelette or frittata
Used in place of spinach for recipes such as spinach pie