Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris Ruby Red
Common Name: Silverbeet Ruby Red, Swiss Chard
Seed Count: 100
Beta vulgaris Ruby Red, Silverbeet Ruby Red, Swiss Chard: Silverbeet or Spinach has been part of the Australian staple diet since the 1850’s and known in the Mediterranean region since ancient times. This more recently developed variety has lush dark green leaves and ruby red stems in the colder month and has a mild flavor. Chard and silverbeet’s are high in vitamin K, in one 150g serve there is six times your daily requirements. As well as this, Silverbeet is packed with vitamins A, C and E. It is high in fibre and contains riboflavin and B6. It has high concentrations of manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron and other minerals. All of this amounts to a great food for preventing premature aging, colds and flu and anaemia. Chards are also high in beta-carotene, a strong anti-oxidant that helps to protect the eyes against sun damage and helps prevent heart disease and cancer. This easy to grow super food should be part of our daily routine. Likes a soil pH above 6.0 . Can be sown at any time but best sown in late summer to winter. 60 days.
Sow Silverbeet seeds in spring for a summer/autumn crop or mid to late summer for an autumn/spring crop. Sow seeds very thinly in ordinary garden soil in furrows 2.5cm deep in rows 30 cm apart. Thin out if necessary . Harvest is generally around 60 days.