What is an Heirloom Seed?

The staff at Seed Savers Exchange discusses the origin of the word “heirloom” and how they differentiate heirloom seeds from others on the market.

Green Tomatoes
The ‘Green Zebra’ tomato is sometimes called an heirloom because of its unique look, but it hasn’t been saved by generations of gardeners.
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