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Although a variety of beet, chard does not have an enlarged root, but does have large leaves and juicy stalks that are often cooked as a vegetable. Chard is also called Swiss chard. The leaves and stalks are a good source of vitamins A, B, and C. Chard is popular as a home-garden plant because it is easy to grow, productive, and tolerant of moderate heat. Highly perishable, it is difficult to ship to distant markets.

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Born and raised in Ciudad Constitución and beginning her project in 2014 with a roadside stall, Ibarra has since grown her business into a 37-acre field that produces chard, squash, carrots, strawberries, and more. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2024 For the garden, plant Swiss chard seeds about six weeks before the first fall frost. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 21 Aug. 2023 The fish picks up flavor from a thin, green coat of capers, mint, basil and thyme, and the chard is elevated with garlic, butter and itty-bitty croutons. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 Tear or cut the Swiss chard leaves away from their stems and center ribs (don’t throw away the stems/ribs). Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2023 Try with spinach and other tender leaves, such as beet or chard. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Aug. 2023 The bottom layer is sliced red potatoes (these act as a crust), then sauteed Swiss chard mixed with spring onions, feta, and eggs. Sheryl Julian,, 1 Aug. 2023 Swiss chard or just chard is often grown in winter gardens in places where the climate doesn’t get too cold. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 7 Dec. 2022 Second plantings: Lettuces, snap peas, radish, chards ... planted now will produce a second harvest. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 13 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

modification of French carde, from Occitan cardo, from Vulgar Latin *carda, alteration of Latin carduus thistle, cardoon

First Known Use

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1664, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chard was in 1664

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“Chard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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