Grow old-school fruit and vegetables

Ever heard of Heirloom produce? This short video explains what makes these fruit and vegetables so unique.

Heirloom vegetables are older varieties than those you find in supermarkets today. They can be weird and wonderful – your grandparents might have eaten purple carrots, striped cucumbers or green tomatoes.

Once there were hundreds of different varieties of each fruit and vegetable to choose from, but today, there’s only a few.

You can help preserve heirloom vegetables by choosing to buy from farmers' markets, or grow non-hybrid or non-genetically modified crops in your own garden.

So what defines Heirloom produce? Check out this short video from the Botanic Gardens of South Australia.

If you want to know more about growing Heirloom varieties of fruit and veg, the Botanic Gardens of South Australia together with the Diggers Garden Club will present Heirloom Weekend on April 8 and 9, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Join in free expert-led workshops and see fabulous heirloom vegetable displays, as well as goats’ fleece being spun into mohair, goat shearing demonstrations, and old variety chickens and bees, not to mention the baked goods, produce and preserves you can take home and enjoy.

Or learn from the experts, with a gardening and preserving masterclass with Gardening Australia's Sophie Thomson and Masterchef finalist and Adelaide restaurateur Andre Ursini on offer.

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