Red Chard

Description

A member of the beet family, chard is a leafy vegetable with stems that vary in color. It has a slightly bitter flavor and is best served sautéed or raw in a salad. It is also one of the most antioxidant rich foods, containing beta-carotene, vitamins E and C and many other disease fighting antioxidants.

Storage

Keep red chard refrigerated in an airtight plastic bag, unwashed and away from liquids. It should stay fresh for up to five days.

Preparation

Rinse red chard in cold water, removing parts that have wilted or have holes. Slice the leaves 1-inch wide and stems a 1/2-inch.

Usage

Blanche for a few minutes to reduce bitterness. Pair with caramelized onion and garlic for a savory side dish.

Nutrition

Serving Size 2 cups, chopped
Amount/Serving
Calories 15
Calories from Fat 0
Daily Value
Total Fat 0 0%
Saturated Fat 0 0%
Trans Fat 0 0%
Cholesterol 0 0%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Calcium 4%
Iron 8%
Vitamin A 90%
Vitamin C 35%

Red chard is filled with phytonutrients to aid detoxification and digestion. It is a great source of vitamins K, A, and C.

Availability

  • january
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  • december

Flavor Profile

Red chard is aromatic and woody with a sweet, earthy taste. If heated, red chard produces a tender texture and a hint of salt.