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Hybrid seeds are deliberately crossbred for particular traits, such as growth pattern or disease resistance. They have been hand-pollinated and are patented, often sterile, and genetically identical within food types. These plants are usually grown in a monocultural environment and are cultivated for mass production and sale. They must be sturdy to withstand mechanical picking and cross-country shipping. They do not compare to the quality and taste of heirloom plants, but they do produce large, healthy fruit that appeals to most shoppers. Unlike heirloom seeds, if one saves a hybrid seed, one

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