Heritage seeds, more commonly known as heirloom seeds, have been around for
decades. The credit goes to our forefathers who didn’t just grow their own
specific varieties, but also took the time to pass on the seeds to the succeeding
Thanks to the enormous effort put in by our ancestors, we now have unlimited
access to hundreds of heritage vegetable varieties today. Having several varieties
of every particular crop and preserving heritage seeds is important so we can
avoid food shortages as well as plant diseases.
Ever heard of the Irish Potato Famine? Back in the 1840s, the poor people in
Ireland depended on only a single variety of potato called the Irish Lumper.
Regrettably, that potato was infested by a disease known as blight and killed
nearly one million people.
This historical event really served as an education and prompted us to grow more
varieties to prevent this misfortune again. Luckily, we now have an abundance of
heritage seeds so we can cultivate more crop varieties and have more food
Another good reason why we should preserve heritage seeds is because they
produce much safer crops compared to other seed types like GMOs. The best
heritage seeds are often non-hybrid, non-GMO, open-pollinated and organic,
that’s why they’re completely safe and ideal for consumption. Heritage seeds are
definitely the right choice if you want fresh and healthy foods for your family.
Heritage seeds can also help you cut down on food and gardening costs. If you
preserve them correctly, you won’t have to purchase new seeds ever again; you
can just store the seeds from your harvests and replant them for the following
seasons. You just need one seed pack to start and you can have all the vegetables
you need in your garden!
As you can see, heritage seeds are truly beneficial and essential to us. But if we
are to keep enjoying these amazing vegetable varieties in the long run, we need
to do our part. We must start planting, storing and preserving our heritage seeds
at home. After all, it is our responsibility to continue the tradition otherwise we’ll
eventually lose the many varieties we have, and that would be a real shame!
Remember, it’s not enough to just buy heritage seeds; we must also plant them in
our home gardens and store the harvested seeds so we can ensure their
availability in the future.