Seeds that are gathered from plants in backyard plots by dedicated heirloom gardeners. Many survive only because they have been passed on to family members and friends for generations. All heirloom crops are open pollinated so the resulting seeds will produce plants with the same characteristics of the parent plant.
Many heirloom crops have richer flavor and texture, though some may be less productive, than today's hybrids. At Johnny's, we look for the best of both worlds: heirlooms which deliver the highest marketable yield without compromising on flavor. We could offer hundreds more heirloom varieties, but our careful selection process pares it down to only the very best. We want to thank the many gardeners who have sent us heirloom seeds for trial and the Seed Savers' Exchange for their spirited cooperation.