Heirloom Ingredients

Tip Tuesday: 11/15/16

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Heirloom plant species are vegetables and fruits that are grown from seeds that have been passed down from generation to generation. These seeds have not be genetically modified,  and they have not been crossbred. This produce would be the closest resemblance to the food that our ancestors ate. Most heirloom produce are grown and harvested on a small scale using traditional techniques, and are raised from seeds that are at least 50 years old. Take a look at the heirloom cherry tomatoes in this picture; they are all of different size and color. These, and their larger counterparts, are coveted because they add a variation of color and distinctive taste to a dish. Heirloom ingredients are making their way into more stores and restaurants around the nation thanks to movements like slow food and organic.