Ruby Red Swiss Chard is the sweet version of the common chard. It is also known as Rhubarb Swiss Chard. This heirloom variety was native to the Mediterranean region, where it was first introduced in 1857. It features a beautiful candy apple red stalks and veins, along with dark green and wrinkled leaves. Thus, it makes a pretty ornamental crop for your gardens. Nevertheless, it also makes a highly nutritious vegetable crop. Like the common chard, this variety is also closely related to beets. But, it’s much older than them – since ancient times. As a matter of fact, Aristotle mentioned this red-stalked chard around 350 BC. In 1848, it was listed among the beets. Thus, it provides the sweetness and earthiness flavors of beetroot with the salinity and bitterness of spinach. It can be eaten raw or cooked.
Binomial Name: Beta Vulgaris subsp. Cicla var. Flavescens