Barese Swiss Chard - Fast Maturing Baby Chard
A baby leaf variety, bred specifically for the baby greens market. It grows quickly with glossy, smooth dark green leaves with slightly curled edges on thick white stems that hold up well in a baby leaf mix for market growers, or home gardeners. Baby leaves are ready for harvesting in 26 – 28 days, but it is also very good when allowed to grow out to maturity.
This variety of chard matures exceptionally early and is a very prolific producer. Like all Chards, it is tolerant of cold but is also fairly adaptive to heat, especially if grown in a shaded area with mulch to drop the soil and root temperatures.
Both leaf beets and root beets were developed possibly by the Romans from the wild sea-beet, which occurs in coastal regions of Europe and western Asia. Swiss Chard is the same species as the garden beet root and sugar beet but is grown only for its leaves.
Used by chefs and home cooks for fresh salad greens as well as boosting soup and stews. The thick but tender stalks are edible as well.
Swiss Chard does not bolt in hot weather the way spinach does. It also is great in cold weather surviving many frosts.