The chard ( Beta vulgaris ), also known as spinach beet or chard, belongs to the family Chenopodiaceae and comes from the Mediterranean coast.
Consumed since Antiquity, it has fallen into disuse today, yet it has great culinary qualities and interesting medicinal properties.
Swiss chard and its health benefits
- Very low in calories, chard is rich in essential vitamins and nutrients. Raw or cooked, it is an excellent source of vitamins C and A, magnesium, and potassium.
- Rich in polyphenols, the Swiss chard allows our body to fight against aging by neutralizing free radicals that attack our cells and accelerate the decline of our body.
- Full of fiber, Swiss chard has emollient, refreshing, and laxative properties. It is also effective in inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract.
- Combined with other vegetables, in soup, chard lightens the liver and promotes intestinal transit.
- The betaine contained in the chard is a substance that promotes the regeneration of liver cells and a positive effect on fat metabolism.
- In external use, poultices of chard leaves relieve sores and skin inflammation and treat certain fungal infections.
Growing chard for its benefits
- Chard is a herbaceous plant with large, broad, and fleshy leaves that should be planted in the sun or in partial shade, in clay, sandy, moist but well-drained soil.
- Consider adding some humus and potting soil to your soil and some compost or manure during the winter.
- In the ground, in a container, in a pot, or in a planter, chard adapts everywhere.
Swiss chard in the kitchen for its benefits
Chard is most often eaten cooked, in a pressure cooker or in boiling water, then returned to the pan to give them more flavor.
They turn into gratins, pies, or original casseroles.
You can also cook them as a soup, on their own or with other vegetables and a few potatoes.
Nutritional contributions of Swiss chard
20 kcal / 100 g . Very low in calories, chard is one of the richest vegetables in fiber. It is therefore very effective in cases of intestinal laziness. Its leaves are full of vitamins and antioxidant properties