You may have heard of heirloom vegetables but you might not know what they are. Heirloom vegetables, as opposed to hybrid vegetables, are open-pollinated and come with several advantages. Some of these include being more nutritious and even less expensive than their hybrid counterparts. Also, heirloom seeds are preserved for years, which allows them to retain more of their original qualities than hybrid vegetables do. Here are some of the benefits heirloom vegetables provide.
Unlike hybrid plants, heirloom plants do not reach their peak point of ripeness at the same time. Because of this, if you grow an heirloom plant you will have a supply of vegetables that will come little by little, rather than all at once. This helps if you want to have a more consistent supply, rather than having too many vegetables at once. Having too many could lead them to spoil before you get a chance to use them. Also, heirloom vegetables come in many different colors, which provides some vibrancy to your garden and any dishes you make. You can use heirloom vegetables to add a pop of color to the food you make.
In addition to the variety that fresh heirloom vegetables have, they are also a great source of nutrition. Hybrid vegetables are popular but as they are shipped to stores, they often lose valuable nutrients. By contrast, organic heirloom vegetables do not go through a preservation process, so they keep many of their vital nutrients.
Not only are heirloom vegetables good for you but they taste good too! They are not grown for their size or looks like many hybrid vegetables are, so they are allowed to retain their original flavors. Hybrid vegetables have been conditioned to have qualities like thicker skins that can affect how they taste. Heirloom seeds have often been kept for years, which help maintain their flavor.
Plus, with heirloom vegetables, you can save your seeds and re-plant them. This means that you won’t have to buy seed year after year. Buying seed can get expensive, so this is a great perk. Also, the seeds themselves often cost less than hybrid vegetable seeds. They provide you with consistency in terms of price and taste. These advantages combined make heirloom vegetables an almost irresistible option.
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