Plant Swiss Chard as an Ornamental in Your Garden


Swiss chard can be used as an ornamental in the garden. With big textured leaves and a tolerance for part shade, it will add color and texture to the garden. Try planting it next to small leafed plants, chartreuse colored plants or evergreens to add contrast and texture to you garden. It gets about 2' tall, so plant accordingly.

 And like lettuce or rhubarb, you can cut some and it will keep producing all season. I wash it, chop it and sauté it in a wok with garlic and olive oil until it wilts and add a splash of lemon juice. Put it on sandwiches in place of lettuce. Short of lettuce for your salad?: add some swiss chard.

From Medical Medium......

Swiss chard is a nutrient dense green leafy vegetable that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, & K, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium. Swiss chard is incredibly important for bone health and to help prevent breakage, fractures, and osteoporosis. Swiss chard also contains a compound called syringic acid which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels in the body making it a great food for those who have diabetes or blood sugar issues. It is also particularly beneficial for anemia, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, constipation, and breast, prostate, ovarian, bone, liver, stomach, pancreatic, and colon cancers. Swiss chard has powerful anti-inflammatory properties making it an ideal food for those who suffer with autoimmune disorders such as cardiomyopathy, fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lyme disease, and type 2 diabetes. It also contains a large number of phytonutrient antioxidants such as betalains which have been shown to help protect the body from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and COPD. The nutritional benefits of swiss chard are most readily available when eaten raw or juiced. Swiss chard is a wonderful leafy green to add color and flavor to your salads, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, and nori rolls and it makes a tasty addition to your freshly made juices. It is also a relatively easy vegetable to grow in containers and in the garden for the freshest variety. Swiss chard can be readily found in your local supermarket, health food store, and farmer’s market.

 

Posted on July 11, 2014 .