The other thing I love about heirlooms is how many varieties of everything there are.
Take eggplant for example, when you go to the store there is usually one kind there, the blackish-purplish tear shaped eggplant that has a somewhat funny texture in my opinion. When I went looking for heirloom eggplant seeds, there had to have been 15 to 20 varieties at the first place I looked at. Gorgeous eggplants, some with purple strips(the one to the left is Listada de Gandia Eggplant), some white and shaped like a ball, it was amazing. The only complaint I have now is I have too many to choose from. The growing season for heirlooms tends to be a bit longer so I am going to have to start all of them in the house, but I will have nice strong plants when I want to bring them outside. If you are planting a garden this coming spring, try out a new or should I say old variety of something, keep that heritage going.
Green Zebra Tomatoes, wouldn't these be fun!