Binomial name: Beta vulgaris L. var. cycla

It has a branching root and a little fleshy, its leaves are big, with petioles and central nerve very developed.

Origin: it is native to Europe and North Africa; the Eastern Mediterranean region constitutes its largest diversification centre.

Medicinal values: it’s a refreshing, laxative and diuretic plant.

Caloric value per 100 g: 25 kcal

Varieties: Yellow of Lyon, green or white “penca”, Mini Chards (red and green).

Curiosities: the chard was already used as food by the Greeks (they called it beta) and the Romans (it appears in writings of Horace and Cicero), as well as by the Babylonians and Macedonians.