Swiss chard originated in Mediterranean Europe! Oddly enough, chard is not native to Switzerland at all. Legend says a Swiss botanist was responsible for determining chard’s scientific name and the “Swiss” just stuck! The late New Zealand amateur breeder John Eaton developed Bright Lights, the gold standard for multicolored Swiss Chard. Chard has many health benefits, it has more than 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin K and A. This variety presents nicely savoyed and glossy green or bronze leaves with stems of gold, pink, orange, purple, red, and white with bright, pastel, and multicolored variations.