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Swiss Chard

All about Swiss Chard

Intro

Spring is when colorful Swiss chard is at peak flavor. The slight bitter flavor is delicious with sweet and sour accompaniments, like golden raisins and balsamic vinegar or dried figs and lemon.

At the stand

Look for Swiss chard with crinkly, dark green leaves and a crisp stalk. Smaller leaves tend to be sweeter and larger leaves will take a bit longer to cook. While Swiss chard is available year round, it can get tough and woody in the heat of the summer.

how to store

Store Swiss chard in the refrigerator in a plastic bag to maintain moisture. It will keep for at least three days and often up to a week. Rinse carefully – and multiple times – to remove any dirt or grit.

easy preparations

Small, tender leaves of Swiss chard are delicious tossed in salad. You can sauté Swiss chard with olive oil until just wilted or steam it using the moisture that clings to the leaves after washing. Swiss chard is a member of the beet family, so keep in mind that the red stems and veins can stain just like beets do.

tastes good with

  • Almonds
  • Balsamic
  • Chiles
  • Dried fruit, especially cranberries, figs and golden raisins
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan
  • Pasta
  • Pine nuts
  • Red pepper flakes
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