Saturday, February 5, 2011
The garden peach is my most unique heirloom tomato seed. It's advertised as being yellow-orange, slightly fuzzy and very sweet and fruit-like. I can't wait to try it out in salads and to juice it. Other seeds range from the beautiful, ribbed costoluto genovese to the practical, full-flavored sioux tomato. For homemade marinara I picked the Polish opalka which boasts a flavor so sweet and rich you won't need to add anything, and finally, an Australian cherry tomato for snacking called tommy toe. Heirloom seeds have been passed down for many generations and were pollinated in nature, not a controlled environment. This means that their offspring will usually be the same as the parent. With hybrid seeds you never know what you're going to get in the second generation. That's why seed catalogs love them — you have to buy new seeds every year. Of course, I loved the hybrids I grew last year, I just want to support the biological diversity that has existed for most of human history. I'll be planting my seeds indoors the first week of March to get a head start on the season.
Any other excited gardeners out there?