Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, and is closely related to cauliflower. Because of its different components, this vegetable provides a complex of tastes and textures, ranging from soft and flowery (the florets) to fibrous and crunchy (the stem and stalk). Its color can range from deep sage to dark green to purplish-green, depending upon the variety.

Selection and storage

Look for leaves that are vivid green in color and that do not display any browning or yellowing. The leaves should not be wilted nor should they have tiny holes. The stalks should look crisp and be unblemished.

Do not wash chard before storing. Place chard in a plastic bag and wrap the bag tightly around the chard, squeezing out as much of the air as possible. Place in refrigerator where it will keep fresh for up to five days.

Preparation and serving methods

Rinse Swiss chard under cold water. Do not soak chard as this will result in the loss of water-soluble nutrients. Remove any area of the leaves that may be brown, slimy, or have holes. 

Garlicky Sautéed Swiss Chard from Food Network