Swiss Chard, Gypsy Peppers and Sweet Potatoes are all easy-to-grow, prolific and nutritious. And if you think a prolific vegetable must be something you need to hide behind the garage, think again about these vegetable valedictorians. These three aren’t dowdy dweebs but beautiful babes that look great all season and require minimal maintenance.
We pick bags and bags of Swiss Chard all season long. Rabbits don’t seem to like it and it tolerates heat, inattention and mild freezes. You can buy varieties with red, yellow or green stems or a mix of all three like “Bright Lights.”
It's incredibly hardy. Here's a photo of a "volunteer" Swiss Chard plant that survived last winter in the Harvesters Garden.
Swiss Chard is vitamin rich and you can eat both the stalk and leaves. It’s much easier to grow than spinach but you can cook it similarly. Sauté it with onion and garlic or mix it with scrambled eggs. With its tolerant attitude in the garden and its nutrition on the table, Swiss Chard is probably the most under appreciated of all vegetables.