swiss chard markings

Asked August 10, 2015, 9:51 PM EDT

when vegetables such as swiss chard in the photos, have spots/blemishes/holes, are they safe to eat.

New York vegetables swiss chard

1 Response

The older leaves of swiss chard are usually more prone to fungal problems, so by picking off the older leaves regularly, you should encourage new, unaffected leaves. If you choose to eat the leaves that have a few spots on them, they will not hurt you. People are simply put off by the sight of blemishes. You're going to cook the leaves, anyway, so any pathogens that might affect you will be destroyed..
LS