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Baby Rainbow Swiss Chard
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Showcasing ruby, golden, magenta and white stems with a delicate celery-like flavor, baby rainbow swiss chard has tender deep green and red leaves with a mild beet flavor. If the outer leaves are continually cut and harvested as the plant grows, the center stalk will continue to produce leaves all season.
Baby Rainbow swiss chard is available from McGrath Family Farms in the winter and spring.
Baby Swiss chard has tender leaves which are suitable as a substitute in most recipes calling for regular spinach. It's slender stems can be pickled and used as a colorful garnish. Saute the leaves with garlic and serve as a simple side dish, which is also delicious with the addition of bacon or pancetta, golden raisins, and pine nuts.
As its genus, Beta vulgaris, suggests, chard is, in fact, a beet that has been chosen for leaf production at the expense of root formation. Unlike traditional beets, chard's roots are small and inedible. The word "Swiss" was used to distinguish chard from French charde or chardon by nineteenth century seed catalogues publishers and the name simply stuck.