Heirloom plants, vegetable, fruits, herbs and flowers are some of the varieties that have remained popular since generation among home gardeners throughout the world.
The popularity of heirloom plants, have immensely grown due to their relishing taste and diverse appearance. Heirloom plants are plants that have been grown since ages and cannot be found anymore. Hence, growing heirloom plants in your garden is almost like restoring food that was once the main source of food for our forefathers.
Although, we get enough and more hybrid varieties in a local supermarket, yet having your own variety of heirloom vegetables, heirloom tomato plants, heirloom strawberry plants and more is thrilling as well as educative.
Imagine your kid pulling out a carrot from your garden and realizing that it’s purple in color. Did you know that there are cucumbers that look exactly like melon? Or perhaps you would love to see a pumpkin in the shape of a Golden Apple! All these and many more are waiting for you if you decide to grow your own heirloom plants.
Although, you might not find heirloom plants and seeds in your local supermarket store, yet they are easily available in your local nursery or with garden hobbyists. For those who did not know that there were other varieties of tomatoes other than the one bought from your local store, here are some examples:
- Beefsteak tomatoes -this is one of the largest varieties among tomatoes and can weigh up to .6kg or more. They have numerous small seeds inside in segregated compartments that have been arranged similar to a rib cage. They usually come in red or pink in color.
- Cherokee Purple – they look exactly like beefsteak but more of green streaks on them. This variety was one of the very first types of tomatoes produced and is a variety that is over hundred years old. They were first grown by the Cherokee Indians, which of course explains its name.
- Eva Purple Ball – this is a very precious and rare variety from Germany. These tomatoes have very thin skin and the color is more inclined towards purple. They do not have any blemishes on them making it have a flawless look and come in midsize shape.
- Black Krim – this is a great combination of purple, green and red and is often cited as having its origin from the “island of Krim”. The tomato is midsize and has a unique flavor that should surely be tasted.
- Black Pear – the spear shaped tomato is very similar to Cherokee Purple, with very little blemish and a fantastic shine.
These are only a few of the varieties that you might have heard about in heirloom tomatoes, but you can find an endless list pertaining to vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs. So choosing to make your garden totally organic and heirloom, will not leave you out of options, but will grab you more attention from your neighbors and fellow gardening enthusiasts.
Moreover, you can keep the seeds of these plants and sell them or exchange it for new varieties.