Re: [gardeners] Re: Potatoes/spinach

Margaret Lauterbach (
Mon, 26 Oct 1998 08:09:11 -0700

>Bright Lights, to me, tastes just like the rest of the chards. I've
>grown at least 2 varieties besides Bright Lights (or 5 color as it's
>known in some catalogs). Isn't chard just beet greens or am I thinking
>of some other green?
William Woys Weaver, in "Heirloom Vegetable Gardening" says in America
"chard" means the leaves of what British call "silver beet" or "sea kale
beet."  In England apparently they go for the original meaning of the word,
which is a corruption of the word cardoon.  There "chard" is the blanched
stalks of young globe artichoke leavesthat are prepared like cardoons.

If you think you know a lot about growing veggies, think again if you
haven't read this book.  Fascinating and well worth the $45.  Margaret