Chard : Italian Silver Rib
Favorite of Italian cooks
A long-time favorite of Italian cooks for its flavor and substance, this fine variety has wide, crisp, silvery-white midribs and crinkled, shiny green leaves. These large-framed, handsome plants grow easily and vigorously from spring through late fall. Heirloom Silver Rib produces an abundance of big succulent leaves with sweet crunchy stalks to enjoy as mild, mellow-tasting greens. You'll find it consistently delicious simply steamed with fresh lemon, sauted with aromatics or added to stir fries, soups, and casseroles.Chenopodiaceae Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla
Alternate Growing Options
The spectacularly colored Chard varieties (red, white, orange, yellow) are highly photogenic and are a favorite of upscale magazine garden photos. They can be used as foliage plants for ornamental garden beds.
If you protect the roots over the winter in cold climates, they will start growing again as the weather warms up in spring. This new growth can be harvested several times before the plants bolt.
Young Tender Greens Only
If you desire delicious young tender greens you can plant Swiss Chard closer together than the variety requirements but you must constantly thin the outer leaves.