Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Tip: Always wash produce prior to eating!!
Q: Should I store my tomatoes in the refrigerator?
A: Tomatoes should never be refrigerated, the cold temperature minimizes their flavor and firmness. Always store your tomatoes on the counter at room temperature. The ideal storage Temperature for tomatoes is between 52-58°F (11.1-14.4°C)
Q: Should I store my peppers and cucumbers in the refrigerator?
A: Yes, peppers and cucumbers should be stored in the refrigerator as it will best protect them from moisture loss and spoilage. The ideal temperature to store peppers and cucumbers is between 48-51°F (7.2-10.6°C)
Q: What is the average shelf life for tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers?
A: The typical shelf life for our tomatoes is two weeks after harvest or pick day. After purchase, SUNSET® tomatoes should last up to 7 days, kept at room temperature.
Q: Why are some tomatoes so much sweeter than others?
A: Tomatoes naturally produce sugar. Particular varieties of tomatoes produce an elevated level of sugar. The ONE SWEET® Tomato was developed to produce an extremely high level of sugar creating an extremely sweet tomato that is full of flavor.
Q: Are SUNSET® products GMO free?
A: All of our products are started from seed stock that would not be in the classification of genetically modified organisms. All of our products are from plant hybrids that reproduce the old-fashioned way – by natural plant breeding without any additives. We have joined the Non-GMO Project’s Verification Program. For a list of the products we have enrolled see www.nongmoproject.org
Q: Do you use pesticides or herbicides in your greenhouse?
A: SUNSET® products are grown in environmentally-controlled greenhouses where our plants are pollinated with bees or we use self-pollinating plant varieties. Our bees live throughout the year in colonies that are placed in our environmentally-controlled greenhouses. Harmful insects, if any, are mostly controlled with friendly insects like ladybugs and friendly species of wasps. Herbicides are used often in the produce industry as a method to control weed growth. However, herbicides are not used on our products due to our method of growing produce. Because of our Good Agricultural Practices, use of chemicals like pesticides and fungicides are most often not needed.
Q: Are wax or coatings used on SUNSET® products?
Q: Are SUNSET® products considered Organic? And are Organic products ‘chemical free’?
A: SUNSET® products are grown both conventionally and organically. Product labeled as SUNSET Organics® are grown organically. Please see the organics section of the website for a complete list of products. Organic labeled products are considered to be ‘chemical free’.
Q: Can I purchase seeds to grow SUNSET® tomatoes in my home garden?
A: All our SUNSET® plants and seeds are proprietary and are not for public sale or distribution.
Our seeds are F1 varieties (meaning first generation) if you try to dry and grow the seeds from the fruit, those seeds will not produce the same and they would become F2 seeds. There would be fruit that comes out, but it will not always look the same and without a doubt there will not be any consistent taste.
Q: Where can I purchase SUNSET® brand produce?
A: You can purchase SUNSET® produce at almost any major retailer throughout North America. If you have difficulty finding the SUNSET® brand talk to your local store produce manager to see if they can get them in for you. You can also call or email us.
Q: I hear tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene. What is lycopene?
A: Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that is beneficial in preventing certain types of cancer by protecting the body against free radicals that cause cells to break down.
Q: I cut open my tomato and it looks like little sprouts or worms are inside. What is that?
A: This is a natural occurrence called Vivipary. This can occur when the seeds inside the tomato have sprouted. This sometimes happens when tomatoes are on a warm countertop or are re-exposed to excessive light. The tomato is still completely edible.
Q: It looks like there’s a bug in my cucumber package. What is that?
A: When cucumbers grow, they have yellow flowers that sprout on the end. They typically fall off naturally, but once in a while manage to stay attached to the cucumber. Due to the high humidity in the greenhouse, they often stick to the inside of the shrink wrap. This is simply a dried blossom and not an insect. If you still have any concerns, please feel free to email us and send a photo.
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