Heirloom fruits and vegetables are those that have been preserved in families and communities over long periods of time. They different from modern varieties in two ways. They are open-pollinated rather than hybridized. That is, the same plant will be grown from seed each season, which is not the case with hybrid varieties. Second, they are selected and grown for taste, texture, and aroma rather than size, appearance, or ease of production. Appalachia has a long history of heirloom varieties, many of which are better adapted to the mountain environment. Particularly important are the rich varieties of beans, tomatoes, corn, apples, squash and pumpkins. At a time when supermarkets offer only a few varieties of any food, Appalachian farmers are preserving a priceless biological heritage for the discriminating shopper.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Folk Medicine Not all people in western North Carolina regularly go to the doctor when they get sick. Some still rely on the traditional folk medicine of their ancestors, drawn from the regions many cultures. . .
- Tanning Tanning is the ancient craft of transforming animal skins into durable leather.
It was widely practiced in the southern mountains. . .
- European Wild Boars In the long history of invasive species in Appalachia, no story is more striking that that of the European wild boar. Often called Russian boars. . .
- Cradle of Forestry in America, 1997
Recipient of the Cradle of Forestry in America, receiving the Mountain Heritage award, 1997.
- A Day in the Life of a Pioneer Many pioneers did not know how to read or write. Nevertheless, they had to know many skills that the average person today does not know. Visit our pages and see some skills a pioneer had […]