TomatoFest Announces Release of “Anthony Bourdain Tomato” Seeds

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Exceptional, heart-shaped tomato with bold, complex flavors pays tribute to the life and legacy of American celebrity chef, author, and television personality, Anthony Bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain Tomato

This exceptional, great-tasting tomato will carry Tony's name through future generations to enrich the lives of many.

Gary Ibsen, founder of TomatoFest® Heirloom Tomato Seeds, author of The Great Tomato Book, grower of more than 650 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes and co-founder of World Tomato Society, announces the release of “Anthony Bourdain Tomato” seeds.

Ibsen said, "Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and television personality who explored the cuisines, culture, joys and essentials of human existence around the world. He was an icon to me, and many others, who love food and cooking as a most enjoyable way of gathering people together to celebrate our humanity.

"We wanted to pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain’s life by honoring his legacy with naming a tomato after him, a tomato heretofore unknown, that we have identified as particularly outstanding for its excellent flavors and beautiful, heart-shaped appearance, the 'Anthony Bourdain Tomato'.

"We found it suitable that 'the world’s most popular fruit', a tomato, would carry Tony’s name and story through future generations in a way that would enrich the lives of many."

This tomato was created by respected tomato breeder, Jeff Dawson, from a crossing between Sungold and Amish Paste. This cross yielded the Amish Red which over time threw off a slicer (Red Buddha) and this red oxheart. After 7 years of stabilization it has produced beautiful, 1 lb. fruit with particularly bold, complex, fruity-sweet flavors and good acidity for perfect balance.

About TomatoFest® Heirloom Tomato Seeds
Gary Ibsen, author of The Great Tomato Book, founded TomatoFest Heirloom Tomato Seeds in 1991 and revitalized the appreciation and desire for heirloom tomatoes. Ibsen’s belief in sustainable, organic farming, seed saving and sharing seeds and the stories of their cultural histories, inspired him to grow heirloom tomato varieties for more than 30 years. For the 2019 season, he, and his wife/partner, Dagma Lacey, grew more than 650 varieties of certified organic, heirloom tomatoes from seeds originally sourced from family farms around the world. Their personal, hands-on tomato production and seed harvest techniques ensure the highest quality seeds and help ensure that these precious heirloom tomato varieties will be sustained for years to come. In 2008 Ibsen retired from 18 years of producing the nationally celebrated Carmel TomatoFest event in Carmel, CA. to focus on their TomatoFest seed business. Through their ongoing TomatoFest Seed Donation Program, Gary and Dagma have donated organic tomato seeds to more than 380 non-profit, urban garden projects, school gardens, community outreach gardens around the U.S., India, Africa, and Europe. For additional information, visit:

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