(B. Vulgaris) Fordhook Giant was introduced in 1924 by W. Altee Burpee. This variety is known for its huge highly crinkled, leaves that reach 2 feet tall. It produces a harvestable crop in about 60 days. Swiss Chards are among the healthiest of all cultivated vegetables. Fordhook Giant leaves are thick and tasty. Stalks start out green then mature to a lovely ivory color.