The mystery seeds from last week

will grow into this plant:

which is called chard (Beta vulgaris subspecies cicla).

Chard and beets are closely related, as beets are Beta vulgaris subspecies vulgaris.

(According to the Ohio State University Seed Biology Program, if you scroll down to the Family Chenopodiaceae.)

The same species, but two different vegetables? Plants are funny that way.

Chard is fairly easy to grow and hardy. It makes a colorful addition to any garden. It can be used in stir fry, or any recipe that calls for beet greens.

Have you grown chard in your garden? What are your favorite uses for chard?