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Rainbow Chard Seeds

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Rainbow Chard Seeds (60 days)

Also called Five Color Silverbeet Chard. 

Rainbow chard was sold by Thompson and Moran Seed co. in the early 1970s, but disappeared in the U. S. by the early 1980s. It was later discovered growing in Australia and introduced back to the market. 

This chard produces amazing colors in shades of red, purple, pink, orange, yellow and white. 

Delicious stir fried or as steamed greens. 

Good spinach substitute. 

Stalks can be eaten like celery. 

Rainbow chard makes a great border for your flower garden. 

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1/2" 55-60 55-65 5-7 18" 8" 200 lb. Full

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Planting Tips for Heirloom Chard:

Heirloom chard is a leafy vegetable that makes a good alternative to spinach. Growing heirloom chard can be easier than growing spinach as it is better able to withstand higher/lower temperatures and droughts. As well as its value as a food crop Swiss Chard also has a very striking value as an ornamental plant and many times it appears in a gardens ornamental borders or ornamental pots. Heirloom chard is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Preparation:  Turn over the soil and dig in some well composted manure a number of weeks before sowing. This will help soil moisture retention and soil aeration. Make sure to break up any large clods of soil with your fork and rake the soil to obtain a fine soil structure in which to plant your Chard seeds.

Sowing:  Heirloom chard is normally sown directly into the soil.  Sow the Chard seed in rows around 45cm apart and about 5 cm apart. The seeds should be sown at around 1/2" depth. The plants will need thinning.  If left until around 8" in height before thinning then the thinned plants can be treated like an early harvest and the young leaves will be extremely tender and tasty. Chard doesn't like a soil that is too acidic, an acidic soil will stunt growth. Chard grows well in a soil of around 6.5 - 6.8.

Seeding Rate for Heirloom Chard:

150,000 plants/acre, aproximately 5 lb.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.

 

Chard Stalk Hummus

Conventional Swiss chard stalks will make a classic white hummus, while red or rainbow chard stalks will make a pink or yellow hummus.
 
MAKES 1 CUP
 
Ingredients
2 cups chopped chard stalks
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Swirl of olive oil
Chopped fresh parsley for garnishing
 
Instructions:
 
Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the chard stalks and boil for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on how thick they are) until the stalks are very soft.
 
Drain well, squeezing out any excess water, and add the stalks to a food processor, along with the garlic, tahini, salt, and lemon juice. Pulse continuously until the dip is slightly chunky and still has some bite to it, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Serve with a generous swirl of oil on top and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
 
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This recipe was provided by The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly.  This new cookbook is your go to for "no waste recipes for cooking your way through a community supported agriculture box, farmers market, or backyard bounty".  It features a plethora of vegetable recipes for every season
 
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