Heirloom vs. Organic...what does it all mean?
A Really, Really Basic Primer
HeirloomHeirloom fruits and vegetables generally meet 3 criteria:
- They are old. Age varies by definition, but one generally agreed-upon definition is that the breed is older than 1951. Some are ancient, and no one is quite sure when they came about. Spelt is a good example of an "old" grain, it is older than wheat!
- They are open-pollinated.
- They have pleasing taste and texture...kind of like those great-tasting veggies and fruits grandma ate!
OrganicNot chemically treated in any way--soil or leaves. Most states have an organic certification process which is quite rigorous and expensive. (Having worked on an organic raw dairy farm, I was quite aware of the process, but I digress!)
Hope that helps! Please comment back if you have any questions. Are there any other terms you are confused about?