Heirloom Tomatoes

I’m starting to really love spring for things other than the beautiful sunny weather and the array of vibrant colored flowers that are blooming everywhere. What could possibly be better than that, you ask? All the foods coming into season- especially the heirloom tomatoes!

What are heirloom fruits and vegetables any way? According to Seed Savers Exchange (a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving rare plant varieties), an heirloom plant is “any garden plant that has a history of being passed down within a family.”[1] Some say heirloom foods may have been passed down from 50-100 years! One thing is for sure, heirloom foods are genetically distinct and diverse. Unfortunately with the industrialization of popular crops thousands of heirloom crops have withered away with the result of them becoming extinct.

Fortunately, some sustainable farmers have held onto these precious and rare seeds and continue to hand down the seeds from generation to generation. Farmers who grow heirloom varieties are not only preserving genetic diversity but they are also preserving such beautiful and delicious foods!

Heirloom foods come in many different sizes, shapes, colors, textures and tastes. They are a perfect way of adding color to your plate! 

My favorite as of right now are the yellow tomatoes. Oh my goodness- they are SO good and juicy! It’s amazing how much flavor they have. They are a perfect finishing touch to a delicious sandwich. They honestly remind me of the tomatoes my mom used to grow in our backyard.

I buy my tomatoes from a specific farm at the farmers market- they have such quality tomatoes I can’t even imagine going anywhere else to get them.

If you haven’t already tried a heirloom fruit or vegetable well… what are you waiting for!? Go get some and enjoy the delicious-ness. 🙂

Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul

photo credit
[1] Seed Savers Exchange. “Saving Heirlooms.” Seed Savers Exchange. Accessed October 2004

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