We’ve all seen heirloom tomatoes with their distinctive qualities. They have different colours, textures, sizes and flavours.
The seeds are what makes an heirloom tomato. They are pollinated naturally by birds, insects or wind, not by genetic modification. They have been passed down for generations – hence the term heirloom.
Yellow heirlooms are milder than reds and greens have a light zestier bite. The darker varieties have more savoury qualities than the sweet.
Heirlooms are tastier and juicier but pricier. They are more challenging to grow, are not disease resistant, have a shorter shelf life and bruise easier meaning they need extra care in transportation and storage.
But buyer beware, the term heirloom is not regulated so you may be buying a genetically modified tomato. Buy only from a trusted source such as a farmers market.