SAVING TOMATO SEEDS – Heirloom tomatoes

Saving tomato seeds is easy and a great way to keep growing your favourite tomatoes. Saving heirloom tomato seeds allows you to keep these heritage tomato breeds alive. Lycopersicon lycopersicum is the ordinary tomato and L. pimpinellifolium, the cherry tomato. Lycopersicon is derived from the Greek lykos for ‘wolf’ and persicon for ‘peach’, referring to the beautiful, but supposedly deceptive appearance of the fruit.


Although the tomato originated in South America as a weed in fields of corn, it was domesticated in Mexico and Central America. The name tomato comes from the word tomatl in the Anahuac language which was spoken by ancient Mexicans.