If you’ve eaten out or thumbed through a cooking magazine in the last few months, chances are that you’ve noticed the growing popularity of heirloom vegetables. A friend recently asked me what heirloom produce is and what makes it different. Heirloom vegetables are typically grown on a family farm by seeds that were saved by a previous harvest. Some heirloom seeds are believed to go back to the 1950s before farming became more commercial, efficient and mass produced. Heirloom varietals are full of concentrated flavor because farmers have retained the best seeds year after year, focusing on quality instead of size and appearance. Heirloom tomatoes, beans, squash, and garlic are some of the most popular varieties. You can use heirloom vegetables in any recipes that call for them. We’ve featured 8 recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great too!
Grilled Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza
Baby Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Heirloom Tomato Sauce
Chef Meg's Oven Roasted Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomato Salad (Trillium1204)
Heirloom Tomato and Herb Pasta Salad With Scallops
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
What is your experience with heirloom vegetables?
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