Season: May; September to December
Description: Chard provides and excellent source of vitamin A and C, which are antioxidants that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin A helps maintain eye health. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Chard also provides vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and fiber. Vitamin K, calcium, and magnesium help build and maintain strong bones, potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular.
Selection: Select chard with fresh green leaves. Avoid selecting chard with discolored or wilted leaves.
Storing: Refrigerate unwashed chard in plastic bag in crisper for 2 to 3 days.