Dear Barbara: I vaguely remember you writing about heirloom tomatoes several years back. Would you mind explaining again why they are called “heirloom” tomatoes and not just tomatoes? — Lin from Lockeford
Dear Lin: Heirloom tomatoes are fascinating in that they cannot be called “heirloom” unless the seeds are pure and have not been altered in any way for at least 50 years! The shapes and colors are very unique in each of the varieties. You don’t see a lot of heirlooms in the supermarkets and the prices are a little higher than some of the standard red tomatoes, the reason being that heirloom tomatoes are very delicate. The skin on heirloom tomatoes is thin and difficult to transport without being damaged.
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