The earthy-tasting Swiss chard is a powerhouse of nutrition. And with its rainbow assortment of stem colors, it’s as pleasing on the plate as it is to the palate. Want to learn more? Here are nine facts that not everyone knows about Swiss chard, plus a Swiss chard low-fat frittata recipe that takes leafy greens to a whole new dimension.
Origins of Swiss chard:
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This leafy green was identified by a Swiss botanist and is a variety of Beta vulgaris. Today, Swiss chard is most popular in Mediterranean countries.
Alternative names for Swiss chard:
The plant has numerous monikers, including silverbeet, Roman kale, and strawberry spinach.
The goosefoot family:
The tall leafy vegetable is a part of the goosefoot family — aptly named because the leaves resemble a goose’s foot. Other members are beets and spinach.
Health benefits of Swiss chard:
Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse — an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.