Any furniture, movable, or personal chattel, which by law or special custom descends to the heir along with the inheritance; any piece of personal property that has been in a family for several generations.
(law) any property that is considered by law or custom as inseparable from an inheritance is inherited with that inheritance
something that has been in a family for generations
a plant that's been handed down from one family member to another for several generations
naturally pollinated, nonhybrid
Heirloom plants contribute a diverse storehouse of genetic characteristics that is at once valuable to the individual gardener and to the global supply of available food crops. Commercial cultivars are primarily selected based on their ability to travel long distances without bruising or because all their fruits ripen at about the same time, which makes large scale harvests less costly. Heirloom varieties, however, have been perpetuated by gardeners (some of them for hundreds of years) because of their flavor, resistance to pests or disease, and for some, because of their unique color or shape. And because they are open-pollinated, the seeds can be saved with predictable results (compare with hybrids).
Used in regards to many aspects of Scrapbooking. It can mean an old fashioned "looking" page, or an actual antique photograph or memory. Hermafix: A brand of dispensing tool for photo mounting squares.
a seed that was in existence before farmers began to genetically modify our food