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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
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  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard

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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard (100 seeds) (SC102) $2.00
BULK SEED 1 oz (SC102C) $4.50

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Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard

         
 
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(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.
 
Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 12
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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0 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Maggie
Location:
Dyer, AR, United States
Date:
May 23, 2016
          5.0
 
Hardiest Tastiest Chard
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? could not be hardier

What are the cons? if only it came in colors!

Review:

This chard started growing basically overnight, and has yet to stop two months later. It has been hailed on, rained on for days on end, flooded, trampled by a goat, mowed down by a goat, left unwatered for a week, and it just keeps going! Harvesting from the outer stalks, each plant puts on more and more stalks. While it's most attractive when raw, this chard does develop a deep green color when cooked, even in the stalks. The flavor is strong in a good way; you won't forget what you're eating! My family's only complaint is that we miss the bright colors of rainbow chard. But rainbow chard doesn't grow this well!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TS
Location:
Raleigh, NC, United States
Date:
December 26, 2015
          4.0
 
Good chard variety
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Huge leaves, thrives in heat

What are the cons? Chalky taste when raw

Review:

This chard is worth growing just for the impressive size of the leaves. They exceeded the length of my arm by midsummer. Highly productive in the hottest months. Pests prefer this variety least as well. Squirrels and rabbits went for the Perpetual Spinach and colored stem varieties before even touching Fordhook. It has a strong chard flavor and the stalk is like a salty celery. If I eat any part of the plant raw I get an unpleasant chalky taste in my mouth and an itching sensation in my throat. No issue when cooked.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Fleming Family Farm
Location:
Chattaroy, WA, United States
Date:
October 14, 2015
          5.0
 
Long lasting temp tolerant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? water, sun, cooler temps

What are the cons? record temps, drought

Review:

I have grown this chard for a few years and it never ceases to amaze me with what it will put up with. First week or 2 of September 2015 the rows of chard went through 24 deg F temps and are stronger now than before the frost. We had temps to 100 this summer (2015) with drought conditions and large wildfires all around. The only times the plants looked stressed were in the middle of the high heat days, at which point they would be wilted and sad looking. Those same plants are still alive and producing, nice and strong, through freezes. I highly recommend this for market, home, animals, and anyone or thing that will eat it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Rochelle
Location:
Hill, NH, United States
Date:
September 29, 2015
          5.0
 
Versatile delicious
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Mild spinach flavor, few pests

What are the cons? Not good for salad

Review:

We ate this easy to grow veggie all summer. I threw it in with pasta to cook a minute. I steamed it and served with butter. I added to soups. Caution: eating raw, mature chard causes my throat to close. A friend said his throat got scratchy after eating it raw. (I heard it has a similar substance to raw rhubarb.) Only a few pest nibbles. Tender no matter what the leaf size. Did not yellow in fall. Great flavor, like mild spinach. I grew another variety that was not as dark a color and not as tasty.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Moon
Location:
Buchanan, VA, United States
Date:
July 4, 2015
          5.0
 
Exceptional
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Practically fool-proof

What are the cons? Nothing

Review:

This is my second year growing it in VA, USA, always as direct-seed. It's an incredibly easy sprouter and keeper. Once it sprouts and sets its first true leaves, it takes off like a runaway train and never lets up. Unlike most of my other greens, it does not seem to care about temperatures up to the 90s; it will keep producing until the frost kills it, and sometimes beyond it. I've never let the leaves get too big - we eat or sell them at the local farmer's market, but size does not seem to affect the flavor at all. Absolutely recommend it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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