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10 Mouthwatering Heirloom Vegetables and Fruits for Your Table

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7. Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato

Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato

Photo via WhiteHarvest/Flickr

Heirloom tomatoes lack a genetic mutation that gives the hothouse varieties we’ve become so accustomed to their characteristic red color. Aunt Ruby’s German Green tomato is indeed green with a bit of yellow striping; one tomato can weigh a pound or more. Not surprisingly, this tomato is said to provide a “deep flavor explosion.”


8. Royal Blenheim Apricot

Royal Blenheim Apricots (1)

Photo via Scott Oldon/Flickr

Once upon a time, Royal Blenheim apricots grew in the Santa Clara (now “Silicon”) Valley. They have a rich, orange flesh and a tart flavor combined with a high sugar content. But as they are fragile and can’t be transported far, Royal Blenheims are not widely planted, with growers choosing (to our misfortune!) hardier varieties.

9. Tigger Melon

Tigger Melon

Photo via Dale Calder/Flickr

The Armenian Tigger melon weighs up to about a pound and is yellow with red zigzagging stripes. They have fragrant white flesh that is reminiscent of a cantaloupe and certainly adds some gorgeous summer color to any kitchen table.

10. Arkansas Black Apple

Arkansas Black

Photo via Shawn Connelly/Flickr

Ripening to a purplish black, this apple originated in the 1870s in, yes, Arkansas. Its flesh is ivory and, as one satisfied apple eater puts it, is a “mild combination of vanilla, smoke and cherries” that approaches the taste of a Jolly Rancher candy — I think I’ll stick to the apple and the other fruits and vegetables detailed here!

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5:37PM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Yum-what more could anyone want? Not gmo that's for sure!

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10:55PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

I would look in a seed catalog for the seeds and grow our own!
Always fun and great to do and amazing to see them grow!!
Pick out whatever seeds you want! The old Heirloom grow better and taste better than the new ones!
They still can be frozen and canned fixed as you want! Just will taste better!
Thank You

6:38PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Not sure where I would find heirloom vegetables...

3:56AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

I tend to grow the Black Krim Tomato, but you should warn people that they have to be careful with the leaves when dealing with Heirloom tomatoes.

11:05PM PDT on May 31, 2013


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