Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables
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:
- Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program, 2005
WCU's Mountain Heritage Award Presented
To Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts Program
CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University presented its Mountain […]
- Civil War Experiences in Cherokee County This is an American History unit for second graders that focuses on the life of Abraham Lincoln and the impact he had on the war. It also examines the Underground Railroad and the life of […]
- History of Government in Cherokee County In this unit children explore the history of their local community through maps, primary documents, such as journals and newspaper articles, and secondary source materials such as […]
- Camp Meetings Appalachian religious belief and expression were deeply influenced by the camp-meeting movement that swept the South in the early 19th century. . .
- Earl Lanning Earl Lanning of Waynesville, North Carolina is a master gunsmith who has contributed enormously to the revival of American flintlock rifle building.