Swiss chard is a leafy green belonging to the Chenopodiaceae family, which also includes beets and spinach . Grown worldwide, it’s prized for its ability to grow in poor soils and its low need for water and light. Although its name may lead you to believe it originated in Switzerland, Swiss chard is native to the Mediterranean. There are many types of Swiss chard, some of which have colorful, jewel-toned stalks and veins, making this vegetable particularly pleasing to the eye. What’s more, its leaves and stalks provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals and powerful plant compounds.