The chard (Beta vulgaris), also called perryor Swiss chard, belongs to the Chenopodiaceae family and comes from the Mediterranean coasts.
Consumed since ancient times, it has fallen into disuse today, yet it has great culinary qualities and interesting medicinal properties.
Swiss chard and its health benefits
- Very low in calories, chard isrich in vitamins and nutrients essential. Raw or cooked, it is an excellent source of vitamins C and A, ofmagnesium and ofpotassium.
- Rich in polyphenols, Swiss chard allows our body to fight against aging by neutralizing free radicals that attack our cells and accelerate the decline of our organization.
- Sip of fibers, chard has virtues emollient, refreshing and laxative. It is also effective in inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract.
- Married to other vegetables, soup or in soup, chard lightens it liver and promotes the intestinal transit.
- The betaine in Swiss chard is a substance that encourages regeneration of liver cells and acts positively on the fat metabolism.
- For external use, poultices from chard leaves relieve scabs and the skin inflammation, and deal with someyeast infection.
Growing chard for its benefits
- Swiss chard is a herb with large, broad, fleshy leaves that must be planted in the sun or in partial shade, in a clayey, sandy, moist but well-drained soil.
- Consider adding a little humus and soil to your land andcompost or manure during the winter.
- In the ground, in a container, in a pot or in a planter, chard fits everywhere.
- Vegetable garden: cultivating chard well
Swiss chard in the kitchen for its benefits
Chard is eaten most often cooked, in a pressure cooker or in boiling water, then back to the pan to give them more flavor.
They turn into gratins, in original pies or pan-fried.
You can also cook them in soup or velouté, on their own or with other vegetables and a few potatoes.
- Cooking: delicious recipes with chard
Nutritional contributions of Swiss chard
20 kcal / 100 g. Very low in calories, chard is one of the richest vegetables in fibers. It is therefore very effective in cases of intestinal laziness. Its leaves are full of vitamins and of antioxidant virtues.