An heirloom can be anything of value that is passed down through generations. Many gardeners are interested in growing heirloom vegetables.
There is no standard definition of what makes a vegetable cultivar an heirloom. Some sources consider a cultivar that has been grown for at least 50 years; others list only cultivars grown before 1950. Many historic gardens, such as Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg, offer heirloom seeds of cultivars that were propagated in that location in a specific historic period.
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