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Red Swiss Chard
Inventory, 12 ct : 5.00
This item was last sold on : 07/06/20
Red Swiss chard has broad, wavy and wrinkled bronzed green leaves with contrasting crimson red leaf stalks. The ruby red stalks extend into red veins throughout the plant's leaves. Red Swiss chard's flavor profile shares the earthiness of a beet green with the salinity of spinach. The red stalks are fibrous, often bitter and succulent, as they carry the bulk of the plant's water content. Both the leaves and the stalk are edible.
Red Swiss chard is available year-round.
Red Swiss chard, botanical name Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. Flavescens, is the common name given to several Red Swiss chard varieties such as Magenta Sunset, Rhubarb and Vulcan. Betalain pigments are found in the stalks and leaves. These pigments are responsible for the plants vivid red colorings. They are also a vital utility for the plant's survival, attracting bees and insects for pollination while also providing natural UV protection. The plant also carries traces of geosmin, which is a volatile molecule displaying a wet-earth and woody aroma. That aroma can be assimilated on the palate, as volatile molecules set off the mouth's taste receptors.
Chard is known to be a nutritional powerhouse vegetable packed with vitamins, nutrients and health benefits. Red Swiss chard contains high levels of vitamins C, K, E, beta-carotene, calcium and the minerals manganese and zinc. As noted, it also contains betalain. Betalin pigments have repeatedly been shown to support activity within the body's detoxification process, activating and processing unwanted toxic substances. Betalians are not heat-stable, though, so longer cooking times can decrease their presence.
Most people do not associate Swiss chard varieties with Switzerland, regardless of the given name. As Red Swiss chard is native to the Mediterranean region, many recipes and applications are of Mediterranean influence. Red Swiss chard can be served raw or cooked. It can be sauteed, blanched, stewed, baked, even grilled. It can be added to salads, pastas, pizza, bruschetta, gratins and soups. The chard stalks are edible and add texture and flavor to the dishes they’re cooked into. Complimentary ingredient pairings include citrus, tomatoes, garlic, chickpeas, white beans, aged and melting cheeses, cream, mushrooms, bacon, fennel and herbs such as basil, tarragon and chervil.
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. All chard varieties are descendents of the sea beet (B. maritima), a wild seashore plant found growing along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of Europe and North Africa. Red Swiss chard varieties were already being cultivated as a leaf vegetable in Greece circa 400 B.C. Through mutation, varieties have been developed with widened leaf stalks, milder flavor, soil adaptability and disease resistance. Most Red Swiss chard varieties tolerate a wide range of soils and weather conditions with ease.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
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|Pacifica Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-792-0505|
|Coast Catering||Escondido CA||619-295-3173|
|Bahia Resort Hotel||San Diego CA||858-488-0551|
|Pete's Premade Paleo||San Diego CA||770-359-8274|
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
Recipes that include Red Swiss Chard. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Chocolate and Zucchini||Swiss Chard Gratin with Vegan Bechamel|
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Athinagoras LTDNear Athens, Attiki, Greece
Central market of Athens Greece G-43
About 286 days ago, 9/26/19
Sharer's comments : Red chard ☘️
Harvest Urban Market
Harvest Urban MarketNear San Francisco, California, United States
191 8th Street San Francisco CA 94103
About 361 days ago, 7/12/19
Bobs MarketNear Santa Monica, California, United States
1650 Ocean Park Blvd Santa Monica CA 90405
About 375 days ago, 6/28/19
Gelson’s Market - S. Coast HwyNear Laguna Beach, California, United States
30922 S. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach CA 92651
About 380 days ago, 6/23/19
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market - Cresent DriveNear Beverly Hills, California, United States
239 N Cresent Drive Beverly Hills CA 90210
About 381 days ago, 6/23/19
Stater Bros. Markets
Stater Bros. Markets - Baker StreetNear South Coast Metro, California, United States
1175-c Baker St. Costa Mesa CA 92626
About 382 days ago, 6/21/19
Sharer's comments : Beautiful colors.
Vista Farmers Market
Luis Suarez FarmNear Vista, California, United States
About 465 days ago, 3/30/19
Sharer's comments : Fresh!
Kroger Truce pkwy Near Nesbit, Mississippi, United States
About 516 days ago, 2/07/19
Whole Foods Co-op Near Duluth, Minnesota, United States
About 618 days ago, 10/29/18
Sharer's comments : Red Swiss Chard spotted at Whole Foods Co-op.