Heirloom Tomato

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An heirloom tomato is an open-pollinated (non-hybrid) heirloom cultivar of tomato. Heirloom tomatoes have become increasingly popular and more readily available in recent years. They are grown for historical interest, access to wider varieties, and by people who wish to save seeds from year to year.  Heirloom tomato cultivars can be found in a wide variety of colors, shapes, flavors and sizes.  Some cultivars can be prone to cracking or lack of disease resistance. As with most garden plants, cultivars can be acclimated over several gardening seasons to thrive in a geographical location through careful selection and seed saving.  By far the most memorable trait of the heirloom tomato is the variety of taste and the amount of flavor they provide when compared to a traditional red shipping tomato.