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Definition: Chard is a type of leafy green vegetable that is common in Mediterranean cuisine, particularly Italian. Chard is used in many Italian recipes, such as in pasta dishes, in risotto and on pizza.

Perhaps most commonly referred to as Swiss chard, chard is related to beets, and chard greens look similar to beet greens. But unlike beets, the root of chard is inedible.

Chard is available in many different varieties, some of which are distinguishable by the color of the chard's stems. Chard stems range in color from red to yellow to white. Chard's flavor is comparable to spinach, although this depends on what cooking technique is used.

One of the best ways to prepare chard is to sauté it, although chard can also be cooked by moist-heat cooking methods such as steaming, or dry-heat cooking methods such as grilling or roasting.

See this recipe for Pasta with Swiss Chard and Bacon.

Pronunciation: shard

Also Known As:

  • Swiss chard
  • Silverbeet
  • Spinach beet


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