An heirloom seed variety has been saved and passed down from generation to generation. These seeds have been carefully cultivated and are considered a great value to the recipient. Some say an heirloom variety is 50 years old or more. Some heirloom varieties have been passed down for over 100 years and others for over 400 years.
Heirloom Seeds can be very unique like the Lemon Cucumber and others are just like the produce you buy in the store (only tastier) like the Roma Tomato.
An heirloom seed is neither a Hybrid or a GMO.
A Hybrid seed is seed produced by cross-pollinated plants. Hybrid seed production is predominant in agriculture and home gardening.
A GMO, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Back to HEIRLOOM SEEDS, or True Seeds, and let's get this party started! I'm going to share a few of my favorites today. Throughout the week I'll share even more unique varieties.
|AMANA'S ORANGE TOMATO|
Beautiful yellow/orange fruit up to 1½ lbs each!
|BLACKTAIL MOUNTAIN WATERMELON|
Fruit have a dark rind and weigh 8-12 lbs. each. A favorite of many gardeners across the USA.
|LISTADA DE GANDIA EGGPLANT|
80-90 days. One of the most popular heirloom types; this one has 7”-long fruit that are white with lovely bright purple stripes. They are so beautiful with sweet, tender flesh. This amazing variety hails from Spain, a country that is renowned for fine food.
|WINTER LUXURY PIE PUMPKIN|
Try going the homemade heirloom route by using winter squash instead of canned pumpkin in your pumpkin pies.
|DARK PURPLE OPAL BASIL|
Stay tuned for more unique varieties of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds
from Mary's Heirloom Seeds!
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