Swiss chard has green leaves with stems that can be red, white or yellow. The flavor is a combination of mildly earthy, sweet and slightly bitter.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps heal cuts and wounds. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A, which helps keep eye and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections. Swiss chard also contains magnesium which helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function.
How to Select Swiss Chard
Select fresh Swiss chard with dark green leaves, avoid discolored and damaged leaves. Look for stalks that are not split and damaged.
How to Store Swiss Chard
Store unwashed Swiss chard in a plastic bag in crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to three days.
How to Prepare Swiss Chard
- Add Swiss chard to a pasta dish or lasagna
- Try Swiss chard in your morning omelet or a quiche
- Sauté or steam it and eat it as a side dish
- Try creamed Swiss chard by steaming it and mixing it with creamed cheese and green onions
- Add it to a stew or soup
- Top your homemade pizza with Swiss chard
- Try adding it to your stir-fry
Seasonal Availability of Swiss Chard in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.
- Fruit and Veggie Fact Sheets, UNL Nutrition Education Program
- Seasonal Produce Guide - Swiss Chard, SNAP-Ed Connection
- Nebraska Harvest Schedule, Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska