Summer menus are densely enriched with heirloom tomatoes. These unusual varieties, originally a backyard crop that has now been commercialized, are grown from the seeds of hundreds of nonhybrid tomatoes that were traditionally grown for many generations in a number of countries.Unlike ordinary commercial tomatoes that growers have developed for their uniformity, heirlooms are prized for their unusual shapes, sizes and colors, from white to nearly black, with green, yellow, orange and striped ...

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