Ancient Heirloom seed gardens provide the same nutritious and delicious foods that humanity has relied and prospered with for untold thousands of generations. Heirloom plants provide productive seeds that you can share with others or keep for the following year. The plants give you intensive flavor, intensive nutrition, and spectacular color in your cooking.
Very few people realize that we have an incredible food heritage! Most of us have been raised on supermarket foods, yet wonder why TO THIS DAY we remember the wonderful meals that Grandma made for us as children.
That’s because Grandma had something we’ve never otherwise had, and that is HEIRLOOM foods.
Supermarket fruits and vegetables are hybridized for one thing only- ease in packing and handling. The goodness is taken out and the kind of sturdiness that is needed to survive long trips packed tight in boxes is the most important factor in CORPORATE agricultural products. These hybridized products are picked before ripeness, and many of them are dyed, waxed, doused in pesticides or irrigated with human effluent before they ever get near your grocery store. So much is lost, including the flavor and nutritional value, that you may be completely unacquainted with EXCELLENT food.
Heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs are one of the BIG secrets of top chefs. Heirloom seeds give us a storehouse of the most flavorful, most nutritious and the most beautiful of foods that our ancestors took for granted. They are sun ripened, irrigated with clean water, develop at their proper timing, and as flavorful as any foods you’ve ever had. These seeds, these foods, are YOUR heritage. Reclaim your inheritance and try growing heirloom seeds for yourself.
Even if you’ve gardened, nobody can know everything about it! You especially need a reference manual, and you also need a calendar such as this one – to help you know when to harvest and save specific seeds.
Almost anyone with access to land can arrange it to continually provide foods in their season. Somehow, it feels like this is how we are SUPPOSED to live, AND provide for future generations. This 300 year old food garden/forest is in Vietnam, and has provided amply for 28 generations of this family.
I think this concept is limited only by imagination and the requirements of the seasons in your area.