All year round
Storage and Handling
Store in the refrigerator, ensure leaves are not squashed. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
The Greeks were the first to regard silver beet as a food and later the Romans considered it a delicacy.
- It's also known as chard, Swiss chard and seakale beet
- Regarded as similar to spinach, silver beet does have a stronger flavour
- The main variety of silver beet has a white stalk
- Red beet is sometimes available, it has the same green leaves but has a rich pinky-red stem and veins.
- Plant from September through to May. In warmer regions silver beet can be planted year-round
- It is heat and frost tolerant and can grow in most soils
- Regular cutting will result in more growth. Once the plant runs to seed, silver beet should be dug up
Silver Beet is a good source of vitamin K and a source of dietary fibre, folate, potassium, magnesium, manganese and vitamin A.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.