Organic Chard: Rainbow. Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris Cicla Group.
This variety has stems in 5 colours where it gets its name from. A member of the beetroot family it’s the leaves and stalks that we eat.
How to grow:
Easy to grow. Outdoors: Sow direct successionally into a well prepared seed bed from beginning of March to end of August. Growing time approx. 6 weeks. Will withstand light frosts at the start of the colder weather. Under protection: Sow Sept and Oct for harvest Dec, Jan, Feb.
Keep slugs off when young. Mostly disease free. Pigeons love this so protect from them.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Great raw in salads and also really good in stir frys. You can use the leaves to make stuffed “vine” leaves.
Al beetroots are descended from Sea beet, which is in abundance around the coasts of northern Ireland.
Seed weight approx: 50 seeds per gram.