There seems to be a fascination with heirlooms. They often come in beautiful colors and look unlike anything we ate growing up. I also suspect there is a kind of ancestral interest in them. Just like we’re interested in how our great grandparents shaped who we became; we’re also interested in seeing theses old varieties and attaching stories to them.
That said, sometimes the stories we attach to heirlooms aren’t exactly accurate. Let’s clear the air on what the word “heirloom” means.