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Heirloom Plants and Wheat Germ: Perfect for Summer!

Heirloom vegetables and wheat germ for a tasty change to your menu.Summer brings with it the joys of overflowing farmers market stands and, for the more adventurous, bumper backyard crops. In recent years, the spectrum of colors and shapes has widened as more local growers have added heirloom varieties to their fields. Heirloom vegetables and fruits not only wow the taste buds but also create tantalizing health-boosting flavor combinations when paired with nutritious grains like wheat germ.

While the more common hybrid produce created in recent decades combines vegetable and fruit varieties to boost shelf life and resist disease, many would argue it can’t compete on taste with its heirloom cousins. Heirloom fruits and vegetables are plants that have been around in their current form for a long time (typically 50 years or more) and are open-pollinated, meaning they rely on wind and insects for pollination. Because they are grown on a smaller scale usually for local buyers, they are ripened on the vine, not on a truck. These fruits and vegetables burst with flavor, tempting restaurant chefs and home cooks alike to liven up their kitchen offerings with these gems.

Many people consider only tomatoes, beets, squash and a few other fruits and vegetables when shopping for or growing heirlooms. A trip to the farmers market, however, will reveal numerous others, such as kale and other greens, melons, broccoli, eggplant, onions, sugar snap peas and corn, while the types of seeds you can purchase online number in the hundreds. Heirloom varieties can be used in just about any recipe that calls for fresh produce. Here are a few ways you can serve heirloom vegetables and fruits at your table.

Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese and Frisee Salad with Wheat Germ. Try yellow, red or white heirloom beet varieties in this salad, which combines beets with greens, goat cheese and wheat germ for a well-rounded and delicious flavor.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Herbs and Capers. Use your favorite heirloom varieties or try new ones in this fresh salad that screams summer.

Penne with Tomatoes, Eggplant and Mozzarella. Try out heirloom varieties of eggplant, tomatoes and even mint in this tasty lunch or dinner dish.

Summer Quinoa and Wheat Germ Salad. Heirloom basil and arugula boost the flavor in this refreshing salad, which can be served as a main dish or side.

Caramelized Onion and Heirloom Tomato Crostada. This pizza-like crostada is baked quickly so veggies maintain their fresh taste.

How do you serve your heirloom fruits and vegetables?