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As we previously explained, "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."
'Maters that have stood the test of time? Let's definitely not call the whole thing off.
Five Reasons to Get Excited About Heirloom Tomatoes: Greg Elliott
You ask yourself, 'What am I in the mood for today?' Brandywine, Purple Cherokee, Green Zebra, Old German, Matt's Wild Cherry tomatoes - decisions, decisions! I guess it could be worse. What a wonderful thing to have over 600 varieties of heirlooms."
2. The best raw food in the world
Or better yet, grow your own, and eat a tomato right off of the vine, late in the day while it’s still warm from basking in the late afternoon sun - then, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Pure heaven."
3. Tomato water
Here, you’re left with one of the tastiest things in the world: tomato water. You can use it for broths, sauces, cocktails or just about anything you can imagine. Just add a pinch of salt and you have the true elixir of summertime."
4. Good things come to those who wait
It’s even worse towards the end of July and there is still no sign of heirlooms. The fact of the matter is that heirloom tomato season really doesn’t start, at the earliest, until the end of July. Instead, it is usually the first or second week of August and will run until early or mid-October depending where you’re located in the country.
It’s probably the most anticipated season of any fruit or vegetable, but once it gets here, boy, it’s good!"
5. Right off the vine
It’s a primal, raw scent that I believe is intoxicating to all animals on this planet. It’s a smell that can take you places on a warm summer afternoon, with your eyes closed and a nice summer breeze in your face. Really, does anything smell better?"
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