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Ruby Red Chard Seeds

Ruby Red Chard Seeds

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Ruby Red Chard (59 days)

An outstanding chard that has Corvette red stems that extend into bright green leaves forming one of natures amazing works of art. 

This tasty, low in oxalic acid heirloom chard will add color to any dish.  Grows 18-24" tall. 

Yields all summer and into the fall.  Use fresh or frozen.  Ruby red chard is VERY ornamental and a great seller at farmers markets. 

Ruby Red Chard is Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region.  FL, IL, OR, TX


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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.
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
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.
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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