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Chard (also commonly known as swiss chard or silverbeet) is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the same family as the beet. The plant has green ribbed leaves, and stems that can be either white, yellow, orange, or red.

Chard is an incredibly nutrient dense vegetable. One cup cooked, provides only 35 calories and yet is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. One cup contains 716%(!) of the daily recommended value for vitamin K, a nutrient that plays an essential role in blood clotting and helps to build healthy bones. Chard also contains high amounts of beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are all phytonutrients important for maintaining healthy vision, and possibly preventing cancer. (See more chard nutrition facts on

Chard, dandelion, and mustard greens can be stored in a plastic bag, in the coldest part of the refrigerator for a day or two, however they wilt quickly and should be cooked as soon as possible.  Chard and many other leafy greens may wilt easily.  Often, they are just dried out which can occur even if the greens remain in constant refrigeration.  To refresh chard, submerge the wilted greens in cold water and keep in the refrigerator overnight.  


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