~ Organic Seeds and Organic Heirloom Seeds ~
You have probably heard people toss around the words “organic” and “heirloom,” but have you ever wondered what each one meant? Before you buy our vegetables, we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of the difference between the two. Even though they are occasionally used interchangeably, they really aren’t the same thing. We use both of them:
Organic seeds/plants must be certified “organic,” They must adhere to specific growing guidelines, i.e. natural fertilizer, pesticides, fungicides, only–no chemicals whatsoever. They cannot have been genetically modified in any way. Organic plants/seeds can potentially be “hybrids,” though, meaning that they have been artificially cross pollinated with other varieties to get the best possible characteristics out of each variety.
Heirloom plant species are vegetables, flowers, and fruits grown from seeds that are passed down from generation to generation.
Heirloom seeds generally come from open-pollinated plants, and are distinct from both GMO seeds and hybrid seeds. Again, note that the term “organic” may or may not apply to these seeds, and can also apply to hybrid seeds (but not to GMO seeds).
Nowadays most of vegetables have been hybridized to meet the demands of mechanical harvesting, disease prevention, distribution, and shelf life. Where taste was once the priority, durability, longevity, and a cosmetically attractive appearance now reign. Taste and Nature are very important for us, this is why we are also growing crops from both heirloom and organic.
Contact us for our flavoured heirloom varieties: Tomatoes that taste like they used to
The seasonality of crops is also an aspect of particular importance in agroecology. Although we are fortunate enough in Valencia to have a climate that permits long growing seasons, it will be necessary to contact us via email (email@example.com) for information regarding the availability and seasonality of our different products – we will be very pleased to help.
( Heirloom seeds) Valencian tomatoes.
Brassicas (cauliflowers, white cabbage, broccoli, romanesco)
( Heirloom seeds) Artichokes
Butternut squash and pumpkins
Red and white sweet potatoes
Potatoes (different varieties)
Mushrooms (portobello and shitake)
Oranges (different varieties)
Onions (different varieties)
Pomegranates ( Mollar, Wonderful, Acco)
( Heirloom seeds) Baby mangetout
( Heirloom seeds) Purple and orange physalis (on request)
( Heirloom seeds) Cherry tomatoes – various colours (on request)
( Heirloom seeds) Chioggia beetroots (on request)
( Heirloom seeds) Golden beetroots (on request)
( Heirloom seeds) Black radishes (upon request)