My favourite heritage and heirloom tomato varieties are all open-pollinated and so I am able to save seed from all of them.  I hold 67 varieties in my library, a mix of sizes, colours and culinary uses.  They all have their own stories to tell and are important in food cultures around the world.  Deciding which ones make the top ten are first and foremost because of their flavour.


This indeterminate American heirloom, Cherokee Purple is the best salad tomato I grow.  Large fruit are abundant on sturdy plants that do best in a greenhouse.  Deeply flavoured with a wonderful balance of sweetness and acidity.  Perfect with mozzarella and basil, a dribble of olive oil and sprinkle of salt.  Utter bliss.  The full story of this wonderful tomato can be found here https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/18/432771713/cherokee-purple-the-story-behind-one-of-our-favorite-tomatoes?t=1633364185935




Seed Detective Twitter

First pricking out job of the year. These are my favourite onion Up to Date I have grown from my own saved seed. 72 to be transplanted in March should see me through to spring 2023 🤞🤞An awesome ex-commercial allium that is safe with @HeritageSeedsUK

Long live #heritagewheat . I bake with locally grown and saved Welsh grains and this is the result from Felin Ganol in Llanrhystud ⁦@wrffc21⁩

This is a wonderful Italian winter veg called cima di rapa aka broccoletto Almost completely destroyed by cabbage white butterflies in the summer it now livens up a stir fry. I will leave a few heads to go to seed in the spring. Indispensable

Just to let everyone who follows me know I recorded a podcast recently and if you want to listen you can find it here https://www.labaroma.com/podcasts/adam-alexander I promise I won't be offended if you don't but if you do please share 🙏🙏
@gardenorganicuk @RobsAllotment

I have been growing #lemongrass for years. So easy to propagate too. These I lifted from the polytunnel at the weekend and already new roots are emerging. They should be ready to pot up in a couple of weeks and kept on a sunny windowsill until late spring. #permaculture


The USDA’s new labeling for genetically modified foods goes into effect Jan. 1. Here’s what you need to know. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/01/01/usda-bioengineered-food-rules/