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Heirloom

Definition: Heirloom


Heirloom
A term that is used to describe a number of plants grown from a certain seed variety. These seed varieties are grown without any human intervention and must be at least 50 years old. In the purest sense it is a plant that has been selected, nurtured, and handed down from one family member to another for generations resulting in a highly flavorful produce. In the food world it most commonly refers to tomatoes, but can also refer to corn, watermelon, squash, etc.

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Food Food 8 years
dcstar - for me, the only thing a perfectly ripe tomato needs is a little salt and pepper. although being integrated into a caprese salad is the next best option!
DCStar DCStar 8 years
These delights are in season right now, and soooo gorgeous! I wish I had a good recipe to use them for, maybe a basic yet delish Caprese...
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Interesting, I've only heard of heirloom tomatoes, nice to know the real meaning, Yum.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Thanks for the link, Yum! At the grocery I go to they are all just in one bin so I never know how to approach it. I'll have to give some a try soon!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 8 years
I love heirloom tomatoes! You can DEFINITELY taste the difference. YUM!
vawilliams vawilliams 8 years
Great with a little salt and pepper, or an aged balsamic.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 8 years
i love heirloom tomatoes! Heirloom tomato salad with balsamic vinegar...yummy!
Food Food 8 years
there are many different kinds of heirloom tomatoes. Some are firmer, some are softer, some are sweet, some not so. It depends on the variety. A lot of grocery stores carry them these days (usually only during peak months), so go ahead and experiment! Here's a pretty good list of heirloom tomato varieties to get you started.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
I've never had them, do Heirloom Tomatoes taste different? Sweeter? Firmer? Better for cooking? I'd like to try them out but know nothing about them.
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