If you plant your chard about mid March (zone 6),by mid to end of June ,you should be harvesting tons of chard. the more you pick, the more it grows...I really prefer the younger and more tender stalk, about mid size. If they get too large, you end up removing stems and part of vein. I am still picking lots of chard I planted in March, I agree w/ you about rainbow chard & won't plant again)
Entire leaf & stalk is delicious if you sautee onions. ,garlic ,mushrooms in olive oil, Add cut up chard (salad size pieces) to pan and cover and steam about 5 min til chard wilts...DO NOT ADD ANY H2O. Season to taste. I eat it as a side dish, or make a complete meal by using it as sauce for pasta.
Edited by: AMP1940 at: 7/27/2011 (18:23)
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