Different Varieties of SC forum: Your Favorite Chard

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ImageWoodwife
Nov 1, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
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Imagestormyla
Apr 26, 2011 10:56 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I don't know much about the different varieties, but for eating, I prefer the taste of the green to the red. For ornamentation, the red is prettier.
Imagebitbit
Jun 6, 2011 2:35 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I'm growing Perpetual chard for the first time this year. So far, I'm impressed. It's milder on the beetiness (I swear that's a word) than the rainbow type, and I actually appreciate it not turning my recipes pink. It's supposed to be resistant to bolting, but I haven't had it in long enough to say for sure if that's true.

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Imagestormyla
Jun 6, 2011 3:35 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That sounds pretty good Bit! Thumbs up
AlohaHoya
Jun 7, 2011 12:12 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I got some Perpetual Spinach which is really chard...and I like it too!!! Really good in salads where the others do have that 'beetyness' factor...

Do you all harvest the whole plant when it's dinner time, or do you only harvest the outer leaves? I do the latter and it works quite well!!!
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Imagebitbit
Jun 7, 2011 12:19 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I think that might be the same as I have, though Spinach wasn't on the seed pack...

I just harvest some of the leaves. If the outer ones have gotten a bit raggedy and bug-eaten, I leave them and take some medium-sized ones instead. I harvest pretty severely - 50% or so of the leaves at a time - but the plants always bounce back just fine. I kept some chards alive for about 8 months last year, harvesting them each about once a month.
AlohaHoya
Jun 7, 2011 12:39 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
More or less what I do too!!! My grandmother used to say, "eat them all, the holes in the leaves don't give it a different taste"... but I don't like the idea of eating something a bug may have left it's spit on!!!!! Big Grin
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Imagebitbit
Jun 7, 2011 1:23 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I'll eat it with a few holes, as long as it's washed. But when it looks like Swiss cheese, it somehow loses its appeal. Luckily, there aren't too many things that bother my chard.
Imagestormyla
Jun 7, 2011 2:20 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I'm not fussy about the holes either. They are never really that bad.

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