Advertisement

What are heirloom fruits and vegetables?

Like family keepsakes, heirloom fruits and vegetables come from the past -- from seeds that have been passed down generation to generation to preserve special varieties, such as the Alexander apple or the Amarillo carrot.

But with modern agricultural methods, only a few varieties of fruits and vegetables make it to the major supermarkets. If you can get access to them, heirloom varieties can help preserve agricultural diversity in the seed chain.

Check your local farmers' markets. As they increase in popularity, more farmers are able to plant and sell relatively unusual produce like the German Pink tomato or the Italian Chioggia beet.

When you try these heirloom foods, you'll be enjoying a new taste that goes back hundreds of years.

Continue Learning about Health Value Of Foods

Can Red Meat Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease?
Can Red Meat Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease?
When seven-foot tall Chicago Bull’s power forward Lauri Markkanen wanted to do something about climate change, he launched a campaign called #DontChok...
Read More
What is the benefit of eating Brussels sprouts and olive oil together?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Lutein, found in Brussels sprouts, lowers the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration...
More Answers
5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid
5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid
What's best to eat for your ticker? A heart doctor weighs in. Seems like a new study comes out nearly every day telling us to eat this, not that. But ...
Start Slideshow
Obesity and the Decline of Healthy Eating
Obesity and the Decline of Healthy Eating

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.