Local Superfood Series Entry #1 - Swiss Chard

When you hear the term "Superfood" do foods like maca, goji berries, spirulina or quinoa come to mind? How come when most of us hear this term we rarely consider the foods that can grow here in our own backyards?

While these more exotic superfoods can offer impressive variety in nutrients, often times behind them are issues with sustainable harvesting practices or ethical issues with the local people because of new mass industries and their native foods.

I would like to shed a little light on our local superfoods, the ones we take for granted living here in West Coast BC.

Today is entry #1 of the LOCAL SUPERFOOD SERIES - Featuring Swiss Chard!

Swiss Chard is a highly productive green that can be harvested well into late fall/early winter here in Vancouver! In fact this plant does best in late summer/early fall when the temperature cools off a little and the amount of direct sun it gets each day shortens by a few hours.

This rainbow of colours features varieties Eldorado, Flamingo Pink, Rhubarb Chard and Discovery.

Packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Beta carotene, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese and it is an excellent plant source of Iron! Eat these greens raw in a salad, blend them in a smoothie, sauté them or cook in an egg frittata.