Rainbow Chard in album food

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Bundled stalks of rainbow swiss chard, yellow, orange, purple, and white stems and veins, with green leaves, in a bowl

Jul 9th, 2011, by Alex Zorach

These bundles of rainbow chard were for sale at Urban Girls Produce at Clark Park Farmer's Market in West Philadelphia. Rainbow chard is a name for combined Swiss chard of different varieties.

Chard is a vegetable that is from the same species as beets, Beta vulgaris; whereas beets have been cultivated for the root, chard has been cultivated for the leaf and stem.

I love chard and I think it is one of the most under-appreciated and under-utilized vegetables. I also think that rainbow chard is often under-appreciated, as it is typically used for color and not flavor, and its different varieties are usually lumped in together rather than used distinctly.

One thing that is quite astonishing about rainbow chard is how different each of the different colors taste. I find that the difference in flavor between the different colors of rainbow chard are greater than the differences in flavor between different types of cabbage-family plants such as cabbage, collard greens, or bok choy.

There are not only four colors or varieties of chard; it comes in many different gradations, including many forms intermediate between the colors described here.