I picked our first batch of Swiss chard. It was so tender and delicious, just heated with a bit of water and salt and pepper. Then, we went on vacation and the deer came and cleaned out our crop. Deer love Swiss chard, just as much as I do.
I need to plant it in the maximum security garden and leave the raised beds for parsley and other herbs. Deer don't like smelly stuff. We need to break out the Irish Spring too, so they can at least stay clean while they eat our garden. I also need to look up a previous post on back treatment, because I am suffering after weeding yesterday.
Here's my favorite Swiss chard recipe.
1/4 red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/8 tsp. dried crushed red pepper, to taste, optional
1 bunch of Swiss chard, washed and chopped
2 Tablespoons water
salt and pepper, to taste
Saute the onion, garlic and red pepper. (You can use a large saucepan or large skillet.) Then add the rest of the ingredients and heat on medium heat for 10 minutes. As a variation, substitute 1 tablespoon of water for vinegar and add smoked turkey or ham pieces.