What Heirloom Veggie Varieties are Your Favorites in the Kitchen?

| 1/14/2010 8:49:53 AM

Tags: heirlooms, cooking,

Do you use ‘Aji Limo’ peppers because they make the best hot salsa? Do you think ‘Music’ is the best garlic variety for roasting? If you’ve been storing up culinary wisdom about heirloom foods, now’s the time to let it out! Share your favorite culinary heirlooms with our readers and each other here.

Roslyn Phipps_1
4/16/2010 9:26:41 AM

My husband I tried some heirloom tomatoes for the first time last year and were wonderfully surprised. Our favorites were the Mortgage Lifter and Eva Purple Ball.

3/27/2010 12:17:33 PM

Rosa Bianca eggplant. Unlike the black varieties, this one has no bitterness, just a lovely nutty flavor. Its color is lavender and white.

2/26/2010 1:25:01 PM

Last year was my first big experience with heirlooms in the garden and I'm hooked ... I agree, the Long Island Cheese pumpkins tasted great and were easy to process. 2 plants yielded over 10 pumpkins to use. Having saved plenty of L.I.Cheese seeds for future use I am going to try Connecticut Field pumpkins this year. And I liked the purple streak on the Rattlesnake beans too along with their flavor. Tried some Thai Okra, but I had never had okra before and I wasn't impressed. We grew several varieties of tomatoes, egg yolk, green zebra, yellow pear, Cherokee purple. We had some hybrid beefsteak tomatoes which did absolutely awful while the heirlooms did great! I think my latest list has 9 varieties and 7 colors of tomatoes for this next year. Has anyone checked out heirloomseeds.com? I started purchasing from them last year and have had great germination rates. No flashy catalogue, but low shipping rates and lots of success with them. Looking forward to expanding my heirlooms this year with fun colors like black radishes, red and white beets and white tomatoes. I'm going to try new things like kohlrabi, kale and brussel sprouts this year. I really enjoy the varieties that heirlooms seem to offer online and in the catalogues over the hybrid choices at the local store. And if I can manage it right and save some seeds to use for next year even better!

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