Want to grow some heirloom vegetables and protect them being lost forever? Growing just a few in your own backyard can make a big difference. Here are some suggestions from two gardeners I follow on Twitter.
ASPARAGUS: Mary Washington, Jersey. LETTUCE: Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Grandpa Admirer's, Speckled, Black Seeded Simpson. PEPPERS: Datil, Fish, Giant Szegedi, Wenk's Yellow Hot. SQUASH: Black Futsu, Long of Naples, Neck Pumpkin Butternut, Japanese Pie, Marine di Chiogga. SWEET POTATO: Beaugard. TOMATO: Casaba, Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato, Djena Lee's Golden Girl, German Pink, Orange Oxheart, Big Zebra, Black Prince, Copia, Dr. Wyche's Yellow, Valencia, Chalk's Early Jewel, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Green Zebra, Moskvich, Dad's Sunset, Costoluto, Cherokee Purple.
Green City Market is
working with our Market vendors to help preserve and promote heirloom
varieties of vegetables and fruits and heritage breeds of animals - the
foods our ancestors enjoyed for centuries. Over decades these products
have adapted to local environmental conditions and are often better
able to withstand disease and harsh environmental conditions than their
genetically engineered relations. Preserving them preserves the
biodiversity of our food supply.
@C_Vanderlinden, a garden blogger/writer pointed me in the direction of the Slow Food USA Art of Taste. The second page of this .PDF has a good-sized list of heirloom vegetables. About the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste:
The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.
You can find more by conducting an internet search for "heirloom vegetables" or "heirloom seeds." Something to keep in mind during your searches: you may end up discovering that the same plant(s) may have one or more different names, depending on what part of the country it was/is being grown in.