The best heirloom crops are prized for traits that cannot be found elsewhere — richer, more complex flavor, texture, unique beauty, extraordinary fragrance — though some may yield less abundantly than today's hybrids. At Johnny's, we look for the best of both worlds: heirlooms that deliver the highest marketable yield without compromising on the traits that define them as heirlooms. We not only select the best heirloom varieties, we also trial several strains of each variety, so that we can offer the best available. In addition, all of our heirloom strains are maintained to be the best, and if we can't find a worthy strain on the market, we produce it ourselves.
We extend our gratitude to the generations of growers before us who carefully harvested, stored, and passed the seed of these Heirlooms down to us. We especially want to thank those who have sent us heirloom seeds for trial and the Seed Savers Exchange for their spirited cooperation.