Veg box insert 14 November 2019

One of the things we try to promote through our veg boxes is a bit of excitement around some of the more exotic veg that we can grow in the Illawarra. But what often goes unnoticed are the consistently performing veggies that just do their thing week-in, week-out, all year-round.

This week we’re celebrating silverbeet, one of those veg that just does its thing with little fuss. Silver beet is a member of the chard family and is often called ‘swiss chard’. While the many members of the chard family have varying coloured stems, silver beet is grown for its thick white stem and big dark leaves.

Silverbeet handles all weather conditions and is just as versatile in the kitchen as it is in the garden. A common use is to shred the leaves into and cook into a soup or past or baked into a classic spinach pastry. But don’t forget that the white stem is a great product in itself! In can be sliced and used as a celery type stalk in a cooled dish or can be smothered in oil and lightly baked along with the leaves.


Cal Champagne
Green Connect Farm Manager