Swiss Chard

3 Minute Swiss Chard Recipe

Swiss chard is related to the beet, and comes in a variety of colors. The leafy portion is always a nice green, while the stalk can be white, bright yellow, or a Christmas red

Swiss chard is not only one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean but it is one of the most nutritious vegetables around and ranks second only to spinach following an analysis of the total nutrient-richness of the world's healthiest vegetables. Colorful and tasty, Swiss chard is full of nutritional goodness. It is an excellent source of vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and the mineral manganese, and a good source of the mineral zinc. Chard also offers an outstanding variety of conventional antioxidants

Swiss Chard has been recognized for providing syringic acid. Syringic acid has received special attention in recent research due to its blood sugar regulating properties. This flavonoid has been shown to inhibit activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. When this enzyme gets inhibited, fewer carbs are broken down into simple sugars and blood sugar is able to stay more steady.

Storage and Handling

Do not wash Swiss chard before storing becuase exposure to water encourages spoilage. Place a plastic bag and wrap the bag tightly around the chard, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you have large batches of chard, you can blanch the leaves and then freeze them.