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Food, Mixed Up Genes & Heirlooms

January 26, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA photo on a Facebook site showed some heirlooms and brought a response of it looked like “some mixed up genes there. How come my grandfather’s tomatoes didn’t look like that?” Perhaps grandfather didn’t grow that variety of tomatoes.

At a time when people demand labels, nonGMO, organic etc there is enough information that bad is different, and therefore different must be GMO. The fact is different might be heirloom! Consider the tomato on the right. Many look at that and might proclaim it doesn’t look like tomatoes at the store, which is true. This is a variety called Black Krimm – an heirloom. It’s absolutely organic, although we’re not certified. No chemicals, heirloom certified organic seeds with a little epsom salts side dressed when they were transplanted and bunny poo compost for fertilizer.

Moskvich tomato

Moskvich tomato

But it’s different. Awesome flavor, which unfortunately many will never taste because that visual of different from ‘normal’ is big. Even the ‘almost normal’ looking Moskvich tomatoes on left get a raised eyebrow. They are much more susceptible to splitting, which people find unappetizing, so these were used for salsa after cutting the split out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes, all with different characteristics. Different colors, different uses. For example there is the paste tomato, of a different shape, that as the name implies, is used for making tomato sauces and paste more than fresh eating. There are yellow, green, near black, chocolate, and striped tomatoes. The striped on the right is a striped cavern – they are more hollow on the inside to use for stuffing and are a prolific tomato to grow, but probably not what you want for your BLT sandwich!

The internet can be an awesome tool to learn, but can also take folks down a trail of misinformation. Some do it intentionally, to profit from that misinformation. Check out sources. What do they stand to gain (or lose)?

Food choices are many. We all have them. We all make them.

Don’t let someone else make them for you because “it sounds good” but is wrong.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2015 9:42 AM

    Yum. I love heirloom tomatoes, especially with a little pesto and crusty Italian bread.

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