The Sicilian Beet

 

Swiss chard
A Nutritional-Dynamo

 

Writer: Tom Myrick

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The Sicilian Beet

Last spring at the Veggie-Bed, some delightfully colorful vegetables grew in the garden. With a green or red leaf blade attached to a white, yellow, or red leaf stalk these leaf vegetables accentuated the garden. Of course, we are talking about Swiss chard, aka the Sicilian beet.

Popular in Mediterranean countries this tasty leaf vegetable has made its way to the Veggie-Bed. A nutritional-dynamo, Swiss chard stores within its leaves phytonutrients that have disease preventing and health bolstering properties, many recipes of Swiss chard were served at our table.

Swiss chard along with some other leafy vegetables, such as beets and spinach, belong to the goosefoot family whereas their leaves look like a goose’s foot. Extremely proficient at extracting minerals from the soil into its leaves, Swiss chard develops a mineral-rich leaf.

Easy to grow and tolerates cool and warm weather, Swiss chard establishes well in a container or the ground. When planted in early spring it grows until early summer. A late summer planting of Swiss chard grows until a hard freeze in the fall.

Swiss chard has most definitely won its place at the Veggie-Bed this growing season.

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Tom Myrick

"When life kicks you in the butt, use it as energy for forward motion", Tom Myrick. I graduated from the Media Production Technology Curriculum at Tidewater Community College in 1988. Working as a professional Media Production Specialist/Photojournalist for most of my adult life, I became proficient in many aspects of multimedia production. In 2006, I completed the Master Gardener program and started attending horticulture classes at a local community college. Writing, photography, and gardening are passions of mine; altogether, a “marriage made in heaven". Having a diversified set of work skills and a lifetime of experience, I currently write for several online vegetable gardening publications and own a landscaping business. My mission is to encourage vegetable gardening throughout the world. Play in the dirt, Tom