Throw Back Thursdays

Get a blast from the past in our version of #tbt. Take a journey in time with interesting factoids and history of our hand-picked heirloom plants and vegetables. Who knows, we may even throw in an old tool or two as well.

    Wethersfield red onions (Allium cepa) are among the best-known of America’s heirloom onions, with a rich history inextricably tied to the nation’s earliest years. Read . . .
    Imagine you could blow a banana up like a balloon so that it got a longer and much, much plumper. That’s what a ripe banana . . .
    If you’re looking to expand your melon growing horizons, try growing d’Alger heirloom melons. It is true that many people are underwhelmed by its mild . . .
Black tomatoes seem to be a joke of nature. Just thinking of black tomatoes has me remembering a very early frost one year which killed . . .
The cassabanana fruit doesn’t look, smell or taste like a banana, and your guess is as good as anyone else’s about how it got its . . .
Whether you say “to-may-to” or to-mah-to,” you have probably never seen one quite like Thorburn’s Terracotta tomato. Yes, Terracotta’s hue is a rich terracotta. But . . .
If you have ever had a painful toothache, it may be helpful to know there is a natural remedy for relief that can tide you . . .
With a common name like love-in-a-mist, you might guess that Nigella damascena would have some romantic back story. In truth, though, this annual is simply . . .
Connecticut field pumpkins are an age-old pumpkin variety. Delve into pumpkin plant history and learn a little more about these popular heirlooms. History of Pumpkins . . .
The marshmallow plant (Althea officinalis) has been around for at least 2,000 years, long valued for its sweet flavor and medicinal qualities. If you’re wondering . . .
Throwing a Halloween party and want to spice up the usual ho-hum crudités platter? Go with the traditional orange and black colors of the holiday. . . .
It’s not a “little orange” as the common name suggests in Spanish. Instead, the naranjilla is a fascinating heirloom plant with fantastic foliage and delicious, . . .
Everybody wants to claim a winner as their own. Roselle(Hibiscus sabdariffa) has been dubbed Florida cranberry and Jamaica sorrel, although in truth it is not . . .
Every once in a while you come across a produce anomaly, an item so strange and unusual that it makes you question your place in . . .
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