Swiss Chard: Cheesy Bake and Spicy Salad

swiss chard cheese bake ronit pensoI’ve often wondered why the term “Swiss Chard” was used for a plant that originated in the Mediterranean basin and not in Switzerland.
Wikipedia gives this explanation “The word “Swiss” was used to distinguish chard from French spinach varieties by 19th century seed catalog publishers” – yet this still doesn’t explain why “Swiss” was chosen and not, say “Greek”… Who knows, maybe the catalog publishers were Swiss…

However, be it Swiss or not, Swiss chard is worth getting familiar with, and not only because of its’ highly nutritional values. Though similar in its’ uses to spinach, the chard leaves are firmer and have a more pronounced flavor, which make them much more suitable for bakes than spinach. Continue reading