Gary Ibsen's TomatoFest - The Tomato Lover's Paradise

A Celebration of Heirloom Tomato Varieties from Around the World


Sunset's Red Horizon Tomato

Sunset Red Horizon Tomato
Sunset's Red Horizon Tomato
This heirloom tomato is a huge, 4 to 5 1/2-inch, red, meaty flesh, oxheart-shaped, glorious fruit. An outstanding heirloom native to Southern Russia with wispy vines similar to the popular Anna Russian. Introduced to the west by Nik Peplenov who immigrated to the US in 1999 and brought with him his favorite heirloom seeds from the Rostov Don region of Russia. They were not only one of the first varieties to produce but produced fruit well into November (in Oregon and in California) and proved resistant to frost. Sunset's Red Horizon has also proved resistant to blossom end rot and cracking. Sunset's Red Horizon is a splendid producer of very delicious fruit with huge, old-fashioned tomatoey flavors.

Seeds were obtained from Nik Peplenov by Kelley Spurling in Scotland, who called the variety Rostova. Gary Ibsen received seeds and permission from Kelley Spurling to rename this variety Sunset's Red Horizon, in gratitude to Sunset magazine for their gardening support of their readers, and because this tomato was so well suited to growing in the western United States. This wonderful, big, tomato variety was introduced by TomatoFest to home gardeners as Sunset's Red Horizon.

A portion of profits from the sale of Sunset's Red Horizon by TomatoFest are donated to The Sunset TomatoFest« Scholarship Fund. The Sunset TomatoFest« Scholarship Fund is an educational scholarship program within The American Academy of Chefs, with the purpose of directing funds to culinary students in financial need. The Sunset TomatoFest Scholarship Fund is administered by The American Academy of Chefs. The American Academy of Chefs (AAC) is the honor society for members of The American Culinary Federation representing many thousands of professional chefs nationally. In keeping with its mission, the AAC programs promote education to all that choose this profession and support those efforts by passing on the skills, training and expertise of it╣s membership.