Chard is a relative of beets and spinach. It has a slightly bitter and salty flavor that becomes stronger as the leaves mature.

Avoid brown or wilted leaves or leaves with small holes. To preserve freshness, store unused chard in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

See also Leafy Greens.

Serving size: 100 g (about 3 cups)

Health Benefits

Hydrochloric Acid Stimulates production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.


Calcium 51 mg 4%
Iron 1.8 mg 12% Young swiss chard contains more iron.
Magnesium 81 mg 20%
Manganese 0.4 mg 13%
Potassium 379 mg 11%
Vitamin A 6116 IU 122% Especially high in beta carotene.
Vitamin K 830 mcg 1038%
Zinc 0.4 mg 3%