Alice Henneman

Swiss chard

The stems of swiss chard look a little like celery and can be green, red or rainbow-colored- a mixture of red, pink, orange and yellow.

How to Select

Select chard with fresh green leaves; avoid those that are yellow or discolored.

How to Store

Store unwashed leaves in plastic bags with some air holes in the crisper in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Freeze: Chop leaves, blanch for 3 minutes, squeeze lightly, pack in plastic bags and freeze.

How to Prepare

Separate leaves from stems. Rinse in cold water. Discard any brown leaves. Cook stems longer than leaves. Cooks down in volume, so use more raw greens than final dish calls for. Eat raw: Chop in salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Eat cooked: Steam, microwave, boil, stir-fry, or braise in flavored broth. Saut in oil and spices, with other vegetables or alone. Add to casseroles, soups, sauces, pasta, and egg dishes.