Quoting food writer Jane Black in today's WashPost, "Call me persnickety, but someone needs to take a stand here: 'Heirloom' is not synonymous with 'good.'" And "The best tomato I ate last summer was not an heirloom tomato." And she quotes a disgruntled writer in Sociologia Rulalis – I must have let my subscription lapse – who calls them "bug-eaten, calloused, mottled and splitting tomatoes that may or may not taste good."
You get the idea. Any rebuttals? Photo credit.