|Zapotec from White Flower Farm|
What to choose? Heirloom is a huge buzzword in certain circles, but for a good reason! Before the Beefsteak was king due to size and shippable structure, there were hundreds of different types of tomatoes in this country! Seeds would be saved and passed down within a family, keeping a particular variety alive. Not only that, the store verities are bred for very specific growing conditions(usually in CA), often leading to heartache on the part of the home gardener. If you doubt me, just take a drive around my short-summer Idaho town and see all the tomatoes that are *almost* ripe, with fall on the way. Choosing heirlooms from your area instead helps your hard work succeed!
Here are a few of the beautiful species now making a comeback!
|Borsalina F-1 from Seeds of Change|
|A Stripped Stuffer from the blog Gone To Seed|
|Black Seaman from Seedman's|
|Aunt Ruby's German Green from Swallowtail Garden Seeds|
While many stores (especially trendy ones like Trader Joe's) are trying to get in on the act by selling packs of heirloom tomatoes, don't fall for it! Just like the other tomatoes on the shelf, they will have been picked green, then ripened in the warehouse to keep them from being bruised or gotten by bugs. They will not taste as good as those grown locally by a small farmer.
|Recipes from She Knows|