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Chard
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Scientific classification
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Betoideae
Genus:
Beta
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B. vulgaris subsp. cicla

(L.) W.D.J.Koch
Synonyms
  • Beta vulgaris var. cicla L. (basionym)

Chard (also known as Swiss chard, Silverbeet, Perpetual spinach, or Mangold) is a vegetable. It is in the same family as Spinach, Amaranthaceae.

Chard is also known by many common names, such as Swiss chard, silver beet, perpetual spinach, beet spinach, seakale beet, or leaf beet.

Culinary use

Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked (like in pizzoccheri) or sauteed; the bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a refined flavor which is more delicate than that of cooked spinach.

In Egyptian cuisine, chard is commonly cooked with taro root and coriander in a light broth. In Turkish cuisine, chard is cooked as soup, sarma or börek.

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