For hundreds of years, Swiss chard has served as a versatile and tasty vegetable. It's often used in salads, soups, stews, vegetable dishes, and more. And for centuries, the rich taste and flavor of this hearty green have made it a top choice among cooks and consumers alike. If you've never tried this favorite vegetable, consider some of the following reasons why you should!
Chard is known to be one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. Its roots can go deep into the ground, seeking out nutrients. This is because they have small round seeds that contain a lot of dietary fiber. Eating too many seeds, however, can lead to constipation, bloating, gas, and even stomach pain. That's why it's important to ensure you only eat the handfuls recommended every day, and that you leave the seeds behind.
In addition to being one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, Swiss chard is a source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. In fact, each of these vitamins can help prevent and treat several different types of diseases, including heart disease. And since Switzerland consistently ranks among the highest in terms of food consumption, the consumption of its famed green leafy vegetable is never going to decline.
In addition to its rich nutrients, what also makes seeds from Switzerland so healthy is that their taste buds are similarly resistant to frostbite. If you like hearty, warm flavors in your food, you'll love the rich flavor of Swiss chard. That's why growing Swiss chard can be such an excellent idea: It provides almost instant gratification when you bite into a slice, and you can even cook it with just a bit of salt to improve the flavor. It's worth noting that you don't have to grow your own herb garden to reap the benefits of seeds from Switzerland. While there are certainly plenty of options for grocery stores that sell seeds from Switzerland, if you enjoy eating a wide range of different fruits and veggies as well as breads, crackers, and other foods that contain rich, hearty flavors, buying Swiss chard seeds from the local supermarket (or from seed catalogs) can save you some money on your purchase.
One of the most popular ways to consume Swiss chard seeds is to grill them, or to serve them with meat. The flavor of the green leaves pairs nicely with almost any kind of red meat, and is especially complementary of pork. But you don't need a lot of time or preparation to prepare something delicious; all you really need is a butter knife, a small amount of oil, and about four cups of dry seeds. You can grill your Swiss chard just about anywhere that's open and the weather is fairly warm, and you'll get a healthy, nutritious, tasty meal in no time at all.
Another way to make use of the dried seeds is to make a delicious stock. You can add a variety of different spices to the mixture, such as bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, thyme, nutmeg, oregano, and Rosemary to name a few. Adding some small handfuls of the lightly roasted seeds to a medium sized pot of low-fat or fat-free chicken broth will have your guests begging for more as soon as they taste the tender, sweet-smelling seeds.
For even more convenience, you can also buy small containers of the seeds and place them in your freezer. Just remember not to keep them in the dark. Sunlight is necessary for germination, so make sure you store them in a dark spot out of the sunlight. If you are in direct sunlight, there are packets of seeds that you can put into a shallow glass of water. Over the course of a couple days, your seeds should germinate and start to grow. Keep in mind that sunflower seeds are very fragile and should be stored away from other plants.
When cooking with chard greens, be careful how you mix them. If you stir fry them in a pan, it's easy to break them up. Add them to salads, make a pesto sauce, or mash them into a creamy cheese spread. Use them in soups, balsamic recipes, or any Italian dish where creamy foods are used. And, most importantly, enjoy the wonderful taste of these nutrient-rich seeds! You'll likely wonder why you didn't have this on your kitchen sooner!