Five popular heirloom varieties to try:
BRANDYWINE TOMATO: Known for its sweet, juicy and rich flavor.
LEMON CUCUMBER: Bright yellow, crisp and refreshing, without bitterness.
“RED KURI” WINTER SQUASH: Pumpkin-colored exterior, creamy, nutty-flavored flesh.
“JIMMY NARDELLO’S” PEPPER: Long, slender red fruit turns soft and creamy when cooked.
“FRECKLES” LETTUCE: Red-speckled, light green leaves brighten any salad.
Brighten your table with vintage veggies
Heirlooms are unique in color, appearance, taste and texture.
Healthy diets need plenty of veggies, but repeated appearances on the menu can weaken the appeal of these antioxidant superstars.
To jazz up your meals with zippy new colors and flavors, try heirloom vegetables – Cherokee Purple, Amish Deer Tongue, Golden Bantam and Kentucky Wonder Pole, to name a few. Heirlooms are vintage plant varieties that have been preserved and passed down for generations. They include many vegetable varieties, although tomatoes, beans, fingerling potatoes and cucumbers are currently the most popular.
Heirlooms are unique in color, appearance, taste and texture. Unlike their hybrid counterparts, heirloom seeds are always open-pollinated—bred through uncontrolled, natural methods such as the wind, insects or birds. This allows for traits such as natural disease resistance, insect resistance, weather tolerance and diversity.
Try a Red Zebra tomato, Purple Beauty pepper or Cosmic Purple carrot today!
Where to find heirloom produce
Heirloom vegetables are available in local grocery stores such as Schnucks and Dierbergs, local farmers markets and farm stands, and at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Each Wednesday this summer from noon to 5 p.m., DanJo Farms of Moberly, Mo., will host a produce stand in the hospital parking lot. Owners Dan and Joanne Nelson focus on chemical-free and heirloom vegetable growing practices.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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