I found a similar question in a search here, but I still don't get it. (I've gardened for several years, but not all that successfully). From experiece I know that: if I put a green pepper near a hot pepper that my green peppers are likely to be hot. From experience I know that: if I plant a zucchini near a bumpy yellow squash, I'll get some bumpy zucchini. I know that what I read about fruit and nut trees is that they need a pollinator of a different variety to get the best yield. My question is what am I really eating? Forget the saving seeds (for now) because I understand that if possibly cross-pollinated, the seed (now a hybrid) has genes from two different varieties and you could certainly get a variety of offspring from this seed. The same true from purchased hybrid seed. What I don't get again, is what am I really eating that first year from my expensive purchased seed? I know I'm not eating a true green pepper or zucchini as stated above when planted close together, so why isn't the same true when I put 10 different varieties of tomatoes in the same small plot??? And the fruit and nut trees??? Hoping I get thrown a life jacket here.