Heirloom Garden

What is an heirloom? Although debate rages on the exact definition, an heirloom is—it’s generally agreed—an open-pollinated variety of fruit or vegetable developed before mass commer­cial hybridization began in the 1950s. As such, its seeds grow true: The offspring look and taste just like their parents. Handed down from generation to generation, heirlooms have tended to be selected for flavor, not how well they survive shipping or how perfect they look.
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"Tongue of Fire" heirloom bean; beans are indigenous to the New World and have long been a mainstay of the American diet.

Heirloom Bean ‘Tongue of Fire’ Fresh/Dry Shell BeanBean (Copy)

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Recognize this? Or is it mystery fruit? It's an heirloom eggplant believe it or not. In just the past 100 years, 75% of genetic diversity in agricultural crops has been lost. Rows of flawless yet flavorless produce line grocery store shelves while thousands of beautiful varieties of fruits and vegetables go extinct.

Aubergine / Eggplant 50 Seeds - Striped Toga - Heirloom

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Heirloom Bean ‘Christmas’ Lima Pole Bean

Heirloom Bean ‘Christmas’ Lima Pole Bean

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BLACK STRAWBERRY ~~~ must investigate this and see if its heirloom or what? anyone have any ideas?

SUPER SWEET BLACK STRAWBERRY SEEDS ♥♥HEIRLOOM♥♥RARE♥♥WILD♥♥EXOTIC

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Persimmons via Princess Tofu

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CRIMSON RED RHUBARB DEEPEST RED COLOR OF ANY RHUBARB Sweetest of all rhubarb varieties! Only cloned varieties of rhubarb grow true to type and ensure the superior quality of the original. Seed-grown rhubarbs are highly variable. We've tested all the best rhubarb varieties including Canada Red and MacDonald, but nothing compares to the size and color of Crimson Red - the best of 25 varieties in impartial tests.

Crimson Red Rhubarb: Hartmann's Plant Company

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Heirloom Apple tree Resources

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Lovage.. it is a perennial celery Lovage is near the top of the list of naturally occurring sources of quercetin (an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer agent), just behind tea, red onions and capers. A root decoction can also be used to treat sore throats and external ulcers, or added to bath water for skin problems.

Lovage, one of the best natural sources of quercetin

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Words of Susy Morris, i think :). B. napus. Red Russian type with broader leaves, lighter red coloring and more jagged leaf edge. The most vigorous of 6 napus kales we grew in 2010. Looked very healthy all winter. As the name suggests, bolting in the spring is many weeks later than other kales, filling the hunger gap of May with excellent kale raab. Very hardy and extremely rare.

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Parisian Carrots (55 days)...A great little round carrot that is a nineteenth-century French heirloom. It "excels in clay or rocky soil where other carrots have problems developing properly". They say it works great for containers.

Frostbit Gardening: Some Possible Contenders

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$2.75. Black Sea Man Tomato - I keep seeing this one coming in 2nd or 3rd at the annual Tomato Tasting at Heritage Farm. But do you know how much credit a tomato gets for coming in 2nd? None. My wife says it's the best tomato she has ever tasted. I think it's amazing—colorful, juicy, sweet. It looks even better exposed as a slice on top of a hamburger. - Tom Wahlberg, Seed House Manager http://www.seedsavers.org/Details.aspx?itemNo=19%28OG%29

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Scarlet runner beans--Beautiful pole beans w/red flowers--let pods dry on vines to get these gorgeous beans!

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Jenny Lind melon--small, green flesh, easy to grow

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Red Garnet Amaranth- grows 6-8 feet tall!

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Heirloom Dragon Carrot Seeds.

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Eggplant, Turkish Orange A Turkish heirloom producing abundant red-orange fruit. Native to Turkey, this heirloom variety is a favorite of Italian gardeners and chefs. The petite 18-22" plants produce abundant yields of round, red-orange 3" fruit. Eat when the fruits are young and in the green stage. Once orange, the fruits are excellent for stuffing

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Radish, Watermelon Heirloom treasure from China. Heirloom. A beautiful and antique treasure from China, these large 3 - 3.5" round roots are creamy white outside with a full central burst of watermelon rose. Flesh is crispy and mild, with a sweet flavor perfect for salads, garnishes, or cooking. Best sown in late summer for fall crop.

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Carrot, Kaleidoscope Mix - Our exclusive blend of wild colors! We've combined five distinct colors of carrots in one special blend for a pretty rainbow effect that is sure to be noticed at the dinner table, even by the kids. After testing hundreds of carrot varieties, we developed this easy-to-grow mix of 5 crispy carrots, Atomic Red, Bambino, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White and Solar Yellow. Smoothly tapered roots grow to 8 inches x 2 inches in loose soil.

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Save the heirlooms!

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Lettuce, Yugoslavian Red Perhaps the most beauteous lettuce we've grown: a star selection for your salad bowl. We consider this the most beautiful lettuce we have grown. With bright-green cupped leaves splashed with rosy-red, this butterhead type makes a visual and flavorful splash in the salad bowl. The taste is superb, buttery and mild. Loose heads grow to 12" across and can be harvested in about 55 days.

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Did you know that haircots verts, or little French green beans, come in purple? I didn’t until I found some heirloom French beans at our Farmer’s Market last weekend.  The lady I bought them from told me that they have the same texture and taste as a haircots verts except they are purple. They are renowned for tenderness and flavor and their color stands out on the vine. This is one of those times when I should have done my homework before I attempted to cook something new.

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Tomato, Red Zebra Produces lovely, scrumptious cherry tomatoes in profusion. 'Red Zebra' is thought to be a naturally occurring cross between 'Green Zebra' and an unknown, if certainly red, parent. The beautiful, and tartly flavored offspring are gorgeous 2-3"- round cherry-red fruits with rich orange streaks. The bountiful, high-yielding indeterminate vines are ready to harvest about 75-90 days from transplant.

Heirloom Seeds - Vegetable Seeds and Plants, Tomato, Red Zebra

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‘Mexican Sour Gherkin’ cucumber (Melothria scabra)  The fruit looks like a baby watermelon, but its flesh is crunchy like a cucumber.

19 best heirloom plants

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‘Pink Accordion’ tomato Its pleated shape resembles a satin evening clutch. A great tomato to stuff.

19 best heirloom plants

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shared via nutiva.com - Biodiversity! Check out all of these different kinds of potatoes - beautiful! How many do you see at YOUR store? #potato #varieties

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