Comments On - Heirloom Tomatoes

Love it! Too much hype is not always a good thing. I agree with the concept of "local" seeds for many of the same reasons you mentioned. I also like the idea that if I can buy it, I don't really know where it came from. But if I know the person who grew it, I have a much more personal connection with that particular variety.

With me, tomatoes have personality and their tastes, smells and shapes vary accordingly. I think I've grown most of the more 'famous' heirlooms, but I'm always on the lookout for something different. Saving my own seeds helps me to do that.

Two years ago, a friend served some home-grown tomatoes in a salad that were the most flavorful and aromatic I had had in a long time, but he wouldn't share the variety or the seeds with me. I looked at my wife and winked and dropped a couple of chunks with seeds into my handkerchief when he wasn't looking. This is the second year for those tomatoes, and I have a nice little stock of seed saved, too, which I share with my friends. Since 'Eric' was the source of this variety, I call them my 'Ericato Tomato.'
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 6/21/2012 4:29:58 PM
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