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We interrupt our regularly scheduled Eggtocracy coverage to take a look at the greener side of life.
Sean Brock is the executive chef of the historic McCrady's Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, where his modern farm-to-table cuisine most recently earned him the 2010 James Beard "Best Chef Southeast" award.
As a passionate champion for replenishing those varieties of crops at risk of dying out, Brock currently tends to one and one-half acres on Thornhill Farm in McClellanville, South Carolina, where he plants and grows a number of heirloom crops. As we explained earlier, "Heirloom seeds come from plants that have remained genetically unchanged and have been open-pollinated (by insects, birds, wind, etc.) for at least 50 - or some say 100 - years. This means no hybridizing with other varieties of plants."
He's on a mission to bring vanishing vegetables back to the table, and here to tell you why.
Five Reasons to Use Heirloom Ingredients: Sean Brock
2. They tell stories.
3. They taste, look and feel like vegetables are supposed to.
4. They have cool names.
5. They come in cooler colors.
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