Rainbow Chard

Rainbow chard is one of the prettiest vegetables in the garden. Some people grow this purely as an ornamental plant but they’re missing a tasty treat!  I’ve found that chard is easier to grow than spinach and will tolerate dry weather better (not that we’re getting much of that around here at the moment!). I sowed some directly into the raised beds in April and thinned the seedlings after a few weeks – after quite a slow start it’s finally ready for picking!

Rainbow Chard

Chard is a great source of vitamins and minerals (A, C, Iron and calcium in particular) and I especially like it when it’s picked young and added to salads. It has a robust texture and I love the slightly earthy taste which goes really well with sweet tomatoes and roast peppers. You’ll be pleased to know that I rescued the little Ladybird  below (can you see him?) and put him back to work munching on aphids.

Ladybird in Chard

Chard can be substituted for spinach in numerous recipes and, as a cut-and-come-again vegetable, it’s value for money and takes little time to cultivate! I picked some this afternoon and we had it lightly steamed along with carrots, beans and a roast dinner.

I’m always on the look out for something more interesting to take to work, on a picnic or simply as a quick meal. I came across this lovely, healthy recipe which would certainly make a light supper, or an alternative to sandwiches, in a packed lunch.
Chard Frittata
4 large egga
4 large egg whites
1/4 cup swiss cheese
6 1/2 cups chard
1 onion
2tsp light butter

There is plenty of salad in the garden to accompany it and hopefully soon the tomatoes will be ready too!

Update: the weather has been really wet and windy but luckily everything seems to be coping quite well in the garden… however, just to be sure, the sunflowers and broad beans have been re-staked today!

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30 thoughts on “Rainbow Chard

  1. I love rainbow chard too! So pretty, and delicious. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have to give that a try. Mine are very slow this season, I can’t wait for them to grow so we can eat them!

  2. I picked a big bunch of chard this afternoon. Every time I pick some I’m amazed at all of the colors. It really is one of the prettiest vegetables in the garden! I think I’ll try that frittata recipe this week.

  3. The fritatta looks lovely. I’ve got some chard from our local farm – could try your recipe out with that. Never seen rainbow chard before but will look out for a packet of the seeds for next year – unless it’s not too late to plant now?

    • It’s great – my favourite though is baby leaf in salads! The stems make attractive crudutes along with other garden veg and fresh dips. It’s also easier to grow than spinach here… I really must stop gushing about this vegetable now!!!

  4. It’s a joy in the garden and the kitchen! Mine’s not ready for picking yet, but I’m looking forward to that moment and frittata is always a great way to eat it, as you say ridiculously simple

  5. Now I am jealous!!! I tried growing chard twice last year, both times ‘something’ ate it the minute a seedling appeared. This year, I’d like to say 3rd time lucky…but…I started mine the same time as yours & mine looks pathetic…yes…pathetic.
    I may stay here a while and just weep….mwhaaaa!!!

    • Don’t be jealous…. maybe your chard is just much tastier than mine and irresistible to all of those little pests! I’d suggest barbed wire around the perimeter, searchlights after dusk and maybe a couple of guard dogs… if that’s over reacting then maybe just one guard dog will suffice 🙂

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