Chard is one of our favorite vegetables! Closely related to beets, this delicious leafy vegetable tastes very similar to spinach but is a little spicier and nuttier. There are different varieties of chard but differ more in their appearance than taste. Chard is rich in protein and possesses the minerals phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, iodine and the vitamins B1, B2 and C. It’s recognized as a medicinal plant because it can help relieve constipation and may reduce insulin resistance.
Chard is great! From a biological point of view it is related to the beet family, but one main difference is that unlike red beets we don’t eat the roots. Instead we only eat the leaves and stems. Chard has a similar taste as spinach but with some spicier and nuttier undertones. There are many different varieties, but they only differ slightly in taste. In regards to its nutritional value, chard is a superstar. It is rich in protein as well as phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, iodine and vitamins B1, B2 and C. It is also recognized as a medicinal plant because of its healing effect on anxiety and constipation.
Consider trying this great vegetable as a side dish, salad, or adding it to a stir fry!