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Frequently Asked Questions

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Tip: Always wash produce prior to eating!!

Q: Should I store my tomatoes in the refrigerator?

Q: Should I store my peppers and cucumbers in the refrigerator?

Q: What is the average shelf life for tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers?

Q: Why are some tomatoes so much sweeter than others?

Q: Are SUNSET® products non-GMO verified?

Q: Do you use pesticides or herbicides in your greenhouse?

Q: Are wax or coatings used on SUNSET® products?

Q: Are SUNSET® products considered Organic? And are Organic products ‘chemical free’?

Q: Can I purchase seeds to grow SUNSET® tomatoes in my home garden?

Q: Where can I purchase SUNSET® brand produce?

Q: I hear tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene. What is lycopene?

Q: I cut open my tomato and it looks like little sprouts or worms are inside. What is that?

Q: It looks like there’s a bug in my cucumber package. What is that?

Q: Should I store my tomatoes in the refrigerator?

A: Tomatoes should never be refrigerated because the cold temperature minimizes their flavor and firmness. We recommend storing your tomatoes on the counter at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. 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 to 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.

The typical shelf life for our peppers and cucumbers is 12 – 14 days from harvest or pick day when stored properly.

tomatoesQ: 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 a very sweet tomato that is full of flavor.

non gmo logoQ: Are SUNSET® products non-GMO verified?

A: All SUNSET products are Non-GMO Project Verified. This means they are developed the old-fashioned way, through natural plant breeding without any additives.

Q: Do you use pesticides or herbicides in your greenhouse?

A: As a Safe Quality Food certified company, we use Integrated Pest Management, which means we take advantage of lady bugs and other “helpful” bus to keep our plants healthy. Because of our good agricultural practices, use of chemicals like pesticides  are most often not needed (i.e., we use very little and only when absolutely necessary—significantly less than field farms).

We never use herbicides on our products.

Q: Are wax or coatings used on SUNSET® products?

A: We do not apply any waxes or coatings of any type to our products. Any shine you notice on the fruit comes from a natural wax, called cutin, which the fruit produces itself.

Q: Are SUNSET® products considered organic? And are Organic products ‘chemical free’?

A: All SUNSET produce is Non-GMO Project Verified and greenhouse grown to ensure consistent quality and freshness. We offer a delicious line of organic products, including sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, and the award-winning Organic Angel Sweet®, among other tomato varieties.

All SUNSET organic produce has been certified through the National Organic Program (United States) and the Canadian Organic Regime (Canada). Our facilities are also regularly audited and certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI). Organic labeled products are considered to be ‘chemical free’.

Q: Can I purchase seeds to grow SUNSET® tomatoes in my home garden?

A: We get this question a lot and we consider it the highest compliment! Unfortunately, we only sell flavorful fresh produce—not seeds or plants.

The seeds we grow from are first-generation (F1) varieties. This means that seeds dried and grown from our products will be second-generation (F2) seeds. Fruit from F2 plants will not necessarily look the same and will definitely not have consistent flavor.  

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 contact us.

lycopeneQ: 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, which occurs when seeds inside tomatoes sprout. This can happen when tomatoes are left on a warm countertop or are re-exposed to excessive light. Rest assured, the tomato is still completely edible, and just as delicious!

Q: It looks like there’s a bug in my cucumber package. What is that?

A: What you are seeing is a dried blossom from the cucumber, not an insect. 😊 When cucumbers grow, they have yellow flowers that sprout on the end. They typically fall off naturally, but they occasionally manage to stay attached to the cucumber and sometimes stick to the inside of the shrink wrap due to the high humidity in the greenhouse.

Kumato® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.