The Benefits of Swiss Chard:
Scientific Name: Beta Vulgaris
Common name: Swiss Chard
Family: Beet Family
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Swiss Chard is a great source of Vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals that are rich with high levels of iron and magnesium.
The juice of Swiss Chard can be used as a decongestant.
The leaves of Swiss Chard are beneficial in helping to neutralize stomach acid and have a purgative effect on the body. They also help the liver make more of the powerful antioxidant in the body, know as glutathione.
The anti-oxidants in Swiss Chard act as an anti-inflammatory agent that decrease the risk of obesity, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, high blood sugar, and several forms of arthritis.
CAUTION: The leaves contain oxalic acid, which may be a problem for people with urinary tract stones.
DOUBLE GREEN PINEAPPLE JUICE:
4 Leaves of Swiss Chard, rinsed and chopped.
4 Leaves of Kale, rinsed and chopped.
1/4 Fresh Pineapple, peeled and chopped.
Place all the above ingredients into a juicer or blender, and blend until smooth.
Add filtered water if necessary.
THIS WILL MAKE 1 SERVING
GREEN GIANT SALAD:
2 cups (500 ml) Swiss Chard, chopped
2 cups (500 ml) spinach, chopped
1 cup (250 ml) pea sprouts
1 cup (250 ml) apple slices
1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh blueberries, washed
1/2 cup (125 ml) pecans, chopped or pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
1 tsp. (5 ml) honey
1/4 tsp (1 ml) grey or pink rock salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped leeks or spring onions
- In a large bowl, layer all the green ingredients.
- Top with the apples, blueberries and pumpkin seeds.
- Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together and serve over salad.
THIS RECIPE MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
Type of Plant: Annual
Time to Plant: Spring to early Fall.
Time to Harvest: Summer through to Fall. Swiss Chard will survive in winter with temperatures above 7 0 F.
Location in Garden: Full and Partly Shaded areas. Avoid planting Swiss Chard near beets or spinach, and rotate crops annually. It will flourish if grown with onions, lettuce, sage and thyme.
Soil Type: Rich, well-drained, and slightly acidic soil.
Diseases: Usually disease free, but beware of downy mildew. It will appear as brown patches on the leaves.
Storage: Swiss Chard can be kept in the refrigerator in a crisper or plastic bag for up to 10 days, or the stems can be placed in a jar filled with water, or a flower vase. It can be blanched in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, drained, and cooled, and then kept in air-tight containers in the freezer.
TIPS FROM MY GRANDMAS GARDEN:
The ideal soil in which to grow Swiss Chard will have a pH of 6.5-7.