Choices for Architects Akin to Garden Tomatoes: Is It a Heirloom or a Hybrid?

May 29, 2012

Heirloom tomatoes taste surprisingly better than hybrids.

If pure, untarnished beauty is the designer’s only goal, don’t read these words. But if function and form should always be most prodigiously wed, then continue forward – especially now that planting season is here and a good gardener’s dreams turn to tomatoes.

Here is the form/function question for the gardening sort: Should one’s tomatoes be newer and better, or tried and true?  Put another way, should the good gardener stick with hybrid plants – what most of modern world agriculture knows – and the predictable looks they yield? Or should the quest be simply a pathway leading to unblemished tastes – something that’s never been meddled with in the laboratory, remaining pristine through the years – try, instead heirloom plants.

At my wife’s urging, I tried my first heirloom tomatoes six years ago and have never looked back. Often the tomatoes I harvest are remarkably homely but the taste is extraordinary – and besides, it’s quite enjoyable to encounter taste treats that don’t all look alike.

May every garden be a place of respite, productive, and most delectable!

Photo:  mrsdkrebs



Glenn Meyers

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.