When Carolyn Male's
book about heirloom tomatoes was published 15 years ago, people rarely modified the noun "tomato" with the adjective "heirloom."
Dr. Carolyn Male, who until she retired, was a microbiology professor in New York.
is world-renowned for her
heirloom tomato knowledge and expertise.
grew more than 1,000 varieties in her
home garden in Albany and selected her
favorites for her
1999 book, 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden.
defines an heirloom tomato as one that is not a hybrid, is open-pollinated, and is grown from seed that has been collected and handed down through the generations.
more detailed definition of an heirloom tomato: There are four types: 1) Commercial.