- The Fordhook Giant is known for its large, thick leaves, white stalks, and height of over two feet.
Beta vulgaris. (50-60 days) Introduced in the 1750s, a very popular heirloom chard has been around longer than granny. Fordhook giant chard is a vigorous variety that is noted for its dark green, deeply savoyed leaves and thick white stems. Plants are tall at 22-27 inches and extremely wide.