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What’s so Special About Heirloom Tomatoes?

We probably don’t have to tell you that not all tomatoes are created equal. And when it comes to these beloved summer fruits (yes, we said fruits) heirloom tomatoes—in all their idiosyncratic glory—are the undisputed cream of the crop.

Unlike beefsteak, Roma, grape, cherry, and other popular hybrid varieties, heirloom tomatoes are grown from seeds that have been passed down from generation to generation, hence the name “heirloom.” They are direct descendants of the plants that produced the best fruit, meaning farmers had the ability to select for everything from juiciness and size to shape and color.

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