What is Swiss Chard and How do I Cook it?

Yesterday we came across a large leafy green vegetable with a white stem called Swiss Chard. I’ve heard of it, but personally never eaten it, much less cooked it myself. I immediately asked someone how I’d cook it and they didn’t know, nor did the next person. When we returned home with our new found vegetable, I of course went on the internet and researched recipes. to my surprise I found that it is cooked much like kale.

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Swiss Chard is a relative of kale and beets. It is a¬†wonderful source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as magnesium, potassium, and iron. Harvesting season begins in late summer into fall. The most typical types of chard you’ll find in stores are the rainbow chard, ruby read (rhubard) and fordhook giant. Rainbow chard has colorful red, pink, yellow, or white stalks; Fordhook Giant is identifiable by crinkly leaves and thick, white, tender stalks; and Ruby Red (or Rhubarb) chard has thin, red stalks and slightly stronger flavors.

Here are some recipes I found:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/swiss-chard-recipe/index.html

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Sauteed-Swiss-Chard-with-Onions-240560

http://www.recipe.com/swiss-chard-gratin/

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Swiss-chard-turnovers-with-parmesan-and-pistachios-310026?columns=5&position=11%2F71

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Swiss-Chard-and-Feta-Frittata-Naturally-Ella-46284?columns=5&position=19%2F71

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