Do you like Swiss Chard?

Swiss Card fresh from the garden
United States
November 8, 2015 11:38am CST
I haven't talked much about our garden so a little history: We downsized gardens last summer. We had a raised bed built and it's just 8 x 16 and it's filled with mushroom mulch. We were shocked at how much that small raised bed produced. It was just as good this year and we didn't add any amenities to the mulch, but maybe next year we'll top it off. One veggie that has been growing all summer is the Swiss Chard. We planted 18 plants (it was buy one get one free). We lost one plant. But those other 17 have been work horses. We have enough cooked and in the freezer for the whole winter. The last few times I picked some I just took enough for a few meals with no leftovers for the freezer. Today I picked a good handful, probably just for me. I think my husband (who got me started with Swiss Chard) has had enough for a while! I have it simmering on a low flame. We eat it with butter that's all. I love the flavor and I don't want to disguise it with other flavors. Photo belongs to me.
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@boiboing (12512)
• Northampton, England
8 Nov 15
The first time I heard my mum and sister talking about 'rainbow chard', I thought it was a fish.
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• United States
8 Nov 15
LOL, that's funny! I had no clue what is was until I was involved with it! Fish..LOL
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@owlwings (39229)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 15
There is a fish called 'shad' (now rare and protected) and a trout with the epithet 'rainbow', so I can understand the confusion.
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• United States
8 Nov 15
@owlwings Thanks for explaining that!
@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 15
I have to admit that I've never actually tasted it. Glad you've been able to grow so much.
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• United States
8 Nov 15
It is very similar to spinach, but big huge leaves.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Nov 15
HI@jabo if you like spinach you will like swiss chard too neat yummy flavor
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
@Hatley No Patsie, I don't like spinach, in fact I don't like a lot of vegetables.
@bookbar (1614)
• Sudbury, England
8 Nov 15
Absolutely love it, with Butter and Balsamic vinegar...great veg!
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• United States
8 Nov 15
Hum, vinegar on it, I will try that. I used to put fresh ground nutmeg but it was as little too strong flavored for me.
@owlwings (39229)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 15
I have occasionally had chard. I believe that it's often forced and blanched so that the whole plant (less the roots and before it produces large leaves) can be braised like fennel or celery.
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• United States
8 Nov 15
I boil it. I usually cut the stems separately and cook them first (longer) and then add the leaves. I like the stems more than the leaves!
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@Missmwngi (9850)
• Nairobi, Kenya
8 Nov 15
Enjoy your meal
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• United States
8 Nov 15
I will thank you!!
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
9 Nov 15
I have never had, thought it was cheese for the longest time
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Nov 15
hi sort of like swiss cheese perhaps now Im hungry for swiss cheese lol
• United States
9 Nov 15
Cheese? @Jessicalynnt? I do't eat cheese, but I do eat a lot of chard! @Hatley
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• Centralia, Missouri
9 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill yeah I dont know why I thought chard was a word that referred to cheese
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Nov 15
Yes, I do like Swish Chard. Haven't had it in years. I think my grandmother used to fix it with some bacon. Can't remember for sure. So good for you too!
• United States
9 Nov 15
Any leafy green veggie is very good Yes, people cook it with bacon or even ham.
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Nov 15
@AbbyGreenhill ...It's so good. I miss it.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Nov 15
Hi @Abbygreenhill I love swiss chard a nd this new take over of our retirement c enter has had so me g reat meals and we e ven got some swiss chard too wo nder of wonders. Its so good and its also good or ones health too When we had our own house we g rew a lot of swiss chard.
• United States
9 Nov 15
It grows like weeds, you can't kill the stuff. I think we'd better give some to the neighbor since we have enough already!
8 Nov 15
I'm not a huge fan. I love fresh spinach, so that is the main green i stick with .
• United States
9 Nov 15
They are very similar in taste. Chard is more expensive.