Companion Planting Chart For Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a hardy annual plant that grows well in most areas. Swiss chard is not a fast growing plant so it does best when planted in late winter or early spring.

If you are lucky enough to have access to rich soil then you could grow your swiss chard indoors where it will thrive. However, if you do not have the luxury of having rich soil then you may want to consider using a companion planting method with your swiss chard. A companion planting method is one that involves growing other plants alongside your swiss chard. These other plants would provide food and water for your swiss chard while it grows.

Swiss chard has many uses. One of them being its use as a salad dressing ingredient.

You can make your own homemade salad dressings from Swiss chard. Another use for swiss chard is in making jam or jelly. Swish up some fresh milk and add some sugar to it and you have a delicious Swiss Chard Jam! Another great way to enjoy swiss chard is as a side dish for meat dishes such as chicken, beef, pork or fish. Chard can also be used in pasta and rice dishes.

Cucumber Companions For Swiss Chard

Cucumbers are a great companion plants for the garden. They have a long growing season and plenty of nutrients that swiss chard could use to thrive.

Cucumbers also work as vertical climbers, which allows them to grow up a trellis, along a fence or other handy structure. Cucumbers have a longer growing period than swiss chard. The last thing you need is for your swiss chard to be shaded out by a faster growing vine such as the cucumber plant. If you have space in your garden, you can interplant the two plants together to help increase their growth potential.

Spinach Companion Plants For Chard

Spinach is a hardy vegetable that does well in most soil types and weather conditions. It is fairly easy to grow and maintain.

Spinach can be eaten raw in salads or cooked as a side dish or main dish. One thing to keep in mind when planting out your spinach is to make sure you plant it a good distance away from other close plants as it does spread by seed. You can use the same companion planting techniques with your swiss chard that you would with your spinach.

Swiss Chard With Kale

Kale is very closely related to swiss chard and can be used in most of the same ways it can be. Kale is a little bit hardier and more resilient than swiss chard.

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You may need to support your kale with some kind of fencing so that the wind doesn’t knock your plants over and break them. Kale is another great plant to use in your companion planting practices. Kale is great when eaten fresh and can be used in a wide variety of dishes.

These are just some of the many vegetables that can be paired with swiss chard. If you are limited on space or time, then companion planting may be the way to go for you.

It is less work than traditional farming methods and takes up less space.

Swiss Chard Nutrition Facts

One cup of chopped swiss chard provides 30 calories, 7 grams of fiber and 3.5 grams of protein.

It also provides over 100 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C, over 40 percent of your vitamin A, over 10 percent of your calcium and iron intake as well as significant amounts of several other vitamins and minerals. (information from sfg.ly/DhJwyU)

Swiss Chard Recipes

Ever since the ancient Greeks and Romans started eating them, people have been exploring the many delicious ways to prepare swiss chard. Here are a few swiss chard recipes from around the world:

Swiss Chard From Around The World

Lombata (Sicily) – Stewed with tomatoes and topped with ricotta salata.

Grated fresh ricotta mixed with chopped Italian parsley and fried in olive oil (Tuscany) – Served hot.

One part lemon juice, one part extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste (Apulia) – Served chilled as an appetizer.

Boiled in water, drained and dried then pounded (Tuscany) – Often flavored with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar or fresh mint then eaten as a snack.

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Chard Stuffed Zucchini (Italy) – Zucchini that have been hollowed out and stuffed with swiss chard, pine nuts and raisins before being baked.

Sautéed in butter and oil with garlic and onion (Tuscany) – Usually served as a side dish.

Swiss Chard Frittata (Italy) – An egg dish that consists of swiss chard, potatoes, onions, ricotta and Parmesan cheese.

Chicory and Chicory Roots

One of the many varieties of chicory is the red rooted endive. Red rooted endive has a slightly bitter taste to it while maintaining a nice texture.

This makes it perfect for use in salads. The red rooted endive grows best during the cooler months and can be either grown outdoors or inside in a pot during other times of the year.

Red Rooted Endive

Chicory is a vegetable that many people overlook. It has a very attractive blue-green color as well as an appealing taste and texture.

In the past, it was used to cure various ailments such as liver problems. Today it is eaten for its delicious taste. Be sure to plant chicory in well-drained soil with a lot of organic matter. Always keep the soil loose and clean as well.

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Growing Chicory

Chicory can be used in a wide variety of dishes. It is usually eaten raw in the form of a salad although it can also be cooked.

When cooked, the chicory takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked with, for example if you were to sauteed it with some onions and garlic then it would take on those flavors. It is also an excellent addition to soups or stews.

Grilled chicory with Italian Fontina cheese and Prosciutto di Parma – A popular appetizer in France.

Chicory is extremely simple to grow, just plant it, feed it, water it and harvest when ready. You can grow it in your backyard or even in containers on your balcony.

Chicory prefers soil that contains a lot of organic matter such as deciduous forest floor. Always keep the soil loose and well drained. It is extremely cold hardy so you can plant it in the early spring and harvest it into the autumn as long as you provide it with some protection if there is a particularly bad winter.

French Garden Soup (France) – Served hot this soup consists of potatoes, leeks and of course chicory.

Chicory Braised in Oil (Italy) – Large leaves of red chicory that have been braised whole in olive oil with garlic and chili peppers.

Blanched then fried in hot olive oil (Lazio) – The base for many Italian dishes.

Sautéed in butter then sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice (Lazio) – Served as a side dish.

Wilted with garlic and oil (Lazio) – Served on top of orecchiette as a side dish.

Stuffed with rice and pine nuts (Lazio) – Served as a side dish.

Wok Stir-fried with garlic, chili peppers and oyster sauce (Lazio) – A popular vegetable in Asia, it is starting to become popular in Italy as well.

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Aloo Baigan (India) – A simple yet nutritious Indian dish.

Stir-Fried with garlic (Lazio) – This vegetable is extremely versatile and is great in many different dishes.

Sautéed in sesame oil with chili powder (India) – An unusual combination that somehow works extremely well together.

Sweet Potato Pie (Papua New Guinea) – A sweet, nutritious pie that can be eaten at any time of the day.

Kumura Palya (India) – A spicy and nutritious curry.

Grated and added to salads (Mexico) – This vegetable can be eaten raw in salads.

Gratin Dauphinois (France) – A delicious gratin made with potatoes, cream, cheese and vegetables.

Pan-fried in butter (Papua New Guinea) – A healthy and simple meal.

Chayote with Peppers (Mexico) – A spicy and nutritious vegetable dish.

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Chayote and Mung Bean Stir-Fry (India)

Blini with Chantrelle Mushrooms and Chayote (Hungary) – A delicious Hungarian recipe.

Kartoffelkloesse (Germany) – Potatoes and chantrelle mushrooms pan fried in bread crumbs.

Tortilla de Sapallo (Latin America) – A simple yet delicious dish.

Bubble and Squeak (Great Britain) – Leftover vegetables fried in a pan with some breadcrumbs.

Aloo Mattar (India) – A simple yet delicious potato and pea curry.

Curried Chayote (India)

Sautéed Chayote with Green Beans (Mexico) – Delicious and healthy!

Chayote and Taro Boiled in Coconut Milk (Philippines) – This recipe will give you something different if you are getting bored of coconuts.

Stuffed Chayote (Latin America) – Filled with a mixture of Monterey Jack cheese, garlic, chilies and fresh coriander.

Moussaka (Greece) – There are many variations to this dish (including vegetarian ones) but they are all extremely tasty!

Spinach and Chayote Pie (Greece) – Feta and Spinach pies are quite popular in Greece and this is a great way to use up any leftovers you may have.

Chayote Squares (Papua New Guinea) – A delicious black bean dip that can also be served as a meal with some additional vegetables.

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Curried Chayote (India) – An excellent curry that can also be used with potatoes or pumpkin.

Mashed Chayote (Papua New Guinea) – A simple and delicious side dish.

Fried Chayote Tubers (Great Britain) – A whole new use for the humble garden gnome!

Chayote Pie (Caribbean) – An unusual pie that tastes great with a mixture of sweetcorn, peas and chayote.

Fried Chayote (Great Britain) – A quick snack that will leave you feeling full and refreshed.

Chayote Barbecue (Latin America) – An excellent barbeque style dish.

Chayote Raita (India) – A tasty side dish to go with your curry.

Chayote Pickle (Great Britain) – A simple yet delicious recipe to try at home.

Spaghetti Chayote (Caribbean) – A simple and delicious pasta that is sure to fill you up.

Chayote Con Mojo (Latin America) – A delicious salad with a mixture of flavors that compliment each other perfectly.

Chayote Pudding (Great Britain) – A traditional British pudding that you may not be used to, but is extremely tasty and nutritious.

Steamed Chayote with Mushrooms (China) – A simple yet hearty dish.

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Zucchini Noodles (Italy) – Zucchini can be used as a substitute for pasta in any traditional pasta recipe.

Chayote Stuffed with Black Beans (Mexico) – A nutritious and delicious meal for any time of the day.

Chayote and Broccoli Stir-Fry (China) – A simple and easy side dish to accompany your next meal.

Chayote Pickles (Great Britain) – Quick and easy to make, these tasty pickles will go great with any meal.

Chayotada (Papua New Guinea) – A spicy vegetable curry that will tantalize your taste buds.

Steamed Chayote (Caribbean) – A simple method for preparing a delicious and nutritious vegetable.

Baked Chayote (Latin America) – A healthy alternative to potatoes, with a delicious coating of cheese.

Fried Chayote (Great Britain) – An unusual recipe for the vegetable that is commonly overlooked.

Chayote Frittata (Caribbean) – A simple and easy to make dish that is perfect any time of the day.

Chayote with Herbs (Great Britain) – A simple and delicious way to prepare this often overlooked vegetable.

Chayote Raita (India) – A very simple and easy to make dish that packs a lot of flavor.

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Chayote Patties (Great Britain)

Bean Curd and Chayote Stir-fry (China) – A delicious vegetarian dish that is sure to satisfy even the biggest meat eater.

Steamed Chayote (Caribbean) – Another method for preparing this delicious vegetable.

Chayote Stir-fry (Thailand) – A delicious and easy to make dish that can be served with rice or potatoes.

Chayote with Sweet Pepper Sauce (Philippines) – A delicious and different vegetable dish that can serve as a great alternative to traditional vegetables.

Steamed Chayote (Caribbean) – An extremely simple dish, but one that is very healthy and nutritious.

Lima Beans and Chayote (Peru) – Lima beans and chayote are served here with a creamy cheese sauce for a simple but delicious vegetable dish.

Spicy Chayote Crunch (Trinidad and Tobago) – A very spicy dip that goes great with breadfruit chips.

Chayote Transgression (Great Britain) – A delicious casserole that can be served as either a main course or a side.

Chayote Stir-Fry (Thailand) – A simple stir-fry that is both healthy and delicious.

Year of the Chayote (Mexico) – A spicy chayote salad that goes great with tortilla chips or your favorite cracker.

Steamed Chayote (Caribbean) – A simple and easy to make vegetable dish.

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Chayote Casserole (Mexico) – A delicious casserole recipe that is sure to become a favorite of the whole family.

Fried Chayotes (Guatemala) – A tasty side dish for any meal.

Chayote and Green Olive Pasta (Italy) – A delicious pasta that can be served with or without meat.

Baked Chayote (Great Britain) – A simple but delicious baked vegetable side dish.

Chayote Asparagus Casserole (Mexico) – A delicious casserole that is great for any occasion.

Chayote Gratin (Caribbean) – A creamy and delicious side dish to serve with your next holiday feast.

Chayote Pickles (Caribbean) – Quick and easy to make, these tasty pickles will go great with any meal.

Fried Chayotes (Guatemala) – A tasty side dish that goes great with any meal.

Chayote with Scrambled Eggs (South Africa) – A simple but delicious breakfast meal you can make in a hurry.

Chayote and Sweet Pepper Soup (Algeria) – A delicious soup that can be eaten as a meal all by itself, or as a starter for something larger.

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Steamed Chayote (Trinidad and Tobago) – A delicious and nutritious side dish that goes great with any meal.

“Chayotes are an important food crop in the tropics and subtropics and are also eaten in the southern United States, where they are sometimes called “hairy tomatoes.

“Whether or not you decide to grow chayote or not, they are definitely delicious and an easy to find in most grocery stores.

“In case you’re wondering, chayotes are pronounced “chai-OH-tays”, and they’re a great low carbohydrate and low calorie side dish.

“Whether you’re into pickling or just eat them fresh, chayotes can be a wonderful addition to your diet.”

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