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About Silverbeet

This is the vegetable, with its big, dark green leaves and white veins and stalk that many Australians mistakenly call spinach. Silverbeet is in fact a close relative of both spinach and beetroot. Used for many centuries, silverbeet was mentioned in Roman writings dating back to the 3rd and 4th centuries BC. Even before this time it was a popular vegetable, thought to have originated in the Mediterranean.

Silverbeet is commonly also known as Chard. Chard or Silverbeet is related to spinach and has a slightly bitter, salty flavor popular among some consumers. It has highly nutritious and flavourful leaves at the expense of the root, which is not edible, the leaves and stalks are edible.

Like many leafy green vegetables, silverbeet are rich in a dazzling array of minerals. Chard has high levels of magnesium, calcium, vitamin K, iron, potassium, vitamin A - vitamin A rich foods are great for a smoker of passive smoker.  This is because a carcinogen found in cigarette smoke induces Vitamin A deficiency, Eating a diet rich in Vitamin A may reduce the chances of developing lung inflammations.  Chard is also rich in folate (folic acid), zinc, copper, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and vitamin E. Chard is a valuable dietary supplement for vegans and vegetarians, who should always eat plenty green leafy vegetables.   

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