Swiss Chard Seeds - Eldorado (Coming Jan/Feb 2024)
- Seed Count: 80 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 55-60 Days from Planting
- Plant Type: Leafy green vegetable
- Leaf Color: Bright golden yellow stems with dark green leaves
- Growth Habit: Upright, bushy
- Soil Preference: Rich, well-drained soil
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
- Uses: Culinary - versatile in cooking
History: Eldorado Swiss Chard is a relatively recent addition to the world of leafy greens, bred for its striking golden-yellow stems and nutritious dark green leaves. While Swiss chard in general has been a part of human diets since ancient times, varieties like Eldorado have been developed to add both visual appeal and distinct flavor to this already popular vegetable. Eldorado's lineage traces back to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, where its ancestors have long been cultivated.
Culinary Uses: Eldorado Swiss Chard is celebrated for its versatility in the kitchen. The tender leaves can be used fresh in salads or cooked in a variety of ways—sautéed, steamed, or added to soups and stews. The golden stems provide a colorful contrast and a slightly crunchier texture. Rich in vitamins and minerals, Eldorado Swiss Chard is not just a tasty addition to meals but also a healthy one.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: Eldorado Swiss Chard is relatively easy to grow. Sow seeds about 1/2 inch deep in rich, well-drained soil. Space the plants about 12-18 inches apart to allow for their bushy growth habit. They thrive under full sun but can also tolerate partial shade, making them adaptable to various garden settings. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry spells, to maintain the health and vibrancy of the leaves and stems. Harvest can begin when the leaves are young and tender, typically around 55-60 days after planting, and can continue as the plant produces new foliage.