Honed marble is prone to stains, so HGTV's Kitchen Cousins created a custom wood chopping block out of 100-year-old flooring salvaged from homes around the area. A burned-on Kitchen Cousins logo adds a custom touch.
Sweet-tasting and tapered, ‘Deep Purple’ carrots grow to 7 or 8 inches long. They’re dark purple inside and out, although the color fades when the carrots are cooked. Try quickly stir-frying them to preserve the color.
Flavor-packed ‘Pinto Gold’ is a gourmet’s potato. The purple and gold-colored jackets, or skins, hide a white flesh that's high in starch. Bake and serve this variety unpeeled to add color to the table.
Unlike hybrids, which typically have to be started anew every year from cross-pollinated “parent” plants, heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated meaning they come true to type every year, so they can be kept going from saved seed for many years. Gardeners who grow and share these plants help preserve important diversity in a somewhat bland, streamlined world of modern agriculture.
This heirloom carrot from Seed Savers Exchange, 'Scarlet Nantes', is a bright, orange-red. The nearless coreless roots are sweet-tasting and grow to about 7 inches long. Try this variety for baby carrots, or freeze or juice the roots.
Thomas Laxton was an early plant breeder whose family went on to develop over 180 different improved plant varieties. The pea named in his honor debuted in 1898. It reflects the type of shelling pea the Pilgrims grew, which was eaten fresh and also dried and stored. The first year the Pilgrims planted peas in Plymouth, they planted way too early, using their English time tables. The seed likely rotted in the too-cold soil, and they lost the early crop.