Growing fresh vittles in Frisco, Colorado
Story and photos by Tom Castrigno
SUMMIT COUNTY — Heirloom are precious things, passed down through generations. In the vegetable world, heirlooms are varieties that kept their traits through generations of open pollination instead of being bred through grafts and cuttings of other vegetables.
Heirloom varieties such as tomatoes for example, were commonly grown in earlier periods of human history. Those varieties are not part of modern, large scale agriculture which supplies the food generally found in grocery stores. Today’s tomatoes are bred for their productivity, and ability to stand up to processing or resist pesticides.
The popularity of gowing heirloom varieties in home gardens has spread across North America and Europe over the last decade. Another heirloom vegetable is rapini, also known as Brocoli rabe. With a pleasing bitter flavor often lacking in the American diet, rapini is popular in Italian cuisine. (more…)