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Includes white, yellow, orange, pink and red stalked varieties and green or red leaves. Regarded as a cool weather vegetable which will withstand all but the hardest frosts.
Coloured varieties of chard were grown in ancient times.
Seeds mature at base of the flower stalks and continue upwards changing from green to brown.
Harvest seeds when about two-thirds of seeds turn brown.
Pull either stalks or the whole plant and leave to dry for about 10 days.
Thresh by running a gloved hand along the stalk. Screen and winnow and then store in cool dry conditions.