Chard, also called Swiss Chard, (beta vulgaris, var. cida) is a green that is a member of the spinach family and the cruciferous family.
The chard is a biennial plant. In Greek writings, dating back to the 4th centuary AD, there are descriptions of chard. The Greeks and Romans used chard for medicinal properties.
The chard plant has crinkly green leaves. Swiss chard has white stalks, where as rhubarb chard has reddish stalks. Ruby chard has bright red stalks and deep red and green leaves. There is even a variety that has a yellow stalk. The Chard plant can grow upto to 6 feet across.
Prepare chard leaves as you would spinach, the stalks, like asparagus.
Chard contains vitamins A, C, iron, magnesium, potassium. It is a laxative and a diuretic. Chard is available year round.