Can my birds eat this?
May 16, 2018 2:12 PM   Subscribe

I bought a bunch of organic rainbow chard and noticed that the back sides are bumpy and rough. Is this a sign that it's bad or...?

I buy the fids organic chard through a delivery service and I noticed this morning that the back of some of the leaves have tons of little bumps. It's like the chard had goosebumps. I didn't notice the bumps on previous orders of chard - it just caught my attention today.

Is the chard still good or are the little bumps a sign that it's going bad? I tried searching online but the question is a little too esoteric apparently. TIA!
posted by Calzephyr to Food & Drink (5 answers total)
Do you have a picture? It could be a different variety of chard, it could maybe be slightly different growing conditions, it could be aphids, it could be something else.

I would eat any of these including the aphids, YBirdsMMV.
posted by momus_window at 2:48 PM on May 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Possibly oedema? If so, as far as I'm aware they're not dangerous to people or birds (being caused by plant viruses rather than decay) but may impact flavour/texture as well as appearance.
posted by howfar at 4:01 PM on May 16, 2018

There are all sorts of bumps on leaves. They're sometimes a sign of disease or insect damage, sometimes not. Could be anything from leaf galls to mite damage to a natural feature of that variety of chard. Without detailed pictures it's hard to say.

On the whole I'd be fine with feeding it to pets or humans.
posted by pipeski at 4:30 AM on May 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Hi guys, sorry, the chard went wilty before I could get a picture! Thanks for the suggestions. I will try to find new chard.

I still learned something new though - I have never heard of oedema before but I have noticed it before. I recently chucked some scabby apples in the composter and didn't realize that they were edible.
posted by Calzephyr at 10:21 AM on May 22, 2018

Sorry for the delayed follow up. I don't think it was oedema, but I learned something new :) The quality of chard has improved from the organic grocer and I haven't seen bumpy leaves in a long time.
posted by Calzephyr at 5:50 PM on December 2, 2018

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