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Swiss Chard: Natural Food

Swiss chard is a good source of iron.
Swiss chard is a good source of iron.
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Nutritional Information:

Good source of vitamins A and C and iron.

What to Look For:

Crisp, tender leaves that are not overgrown. Bright color. Available year-round, but tend to be tough and woody in hot summers.

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Easy Storage and Preparation:

Keep refrigerated in plastic bags to maintain moisture. Rinse as many times as necessary to remove sand. Remove thick, tough leaves.

Best Uses:

Use raw in salads when small and tender. Cook in skillet with a small amount of olive oil until just wilted, or steam using the moisture that clings to greens after washing.

 

NOTE: An excellent source contains more than 20 percent of the Daily Value for that nutrient. A good source contains between 10 and 19 percent of the Daily Value.

Source: Copyright © 2000 by Ellen Haas.

From the book "Great Adventures in Food" By Ellen Haas.

Used with permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.

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