Swiss Chard Bette a carde Leaf beet

No serious French gardener would be without a few plants of swiss chard in his garden. Equally at home in the vegetable plot or an ornamental border. Such a versatile vegetable. Cut young leaves to brighten up a mixed salad. Use the thick stems in stir fries or gratin with a bechemel sauce topped with cheese . Use the mature leaves as a green vegetable like spinach. The possibilities are endless.