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Anthony’s Passionate Heart

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About Anthony’s Passionate Heart

Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018), 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 many who love food and cooking as the most enjoyable way of gathering people together to celebrate our humanity.
Tomato Fest wanted to pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain’s life by honoring his legacy with “Anthony’s Passionate Heart”‘, a tomato heretofore unknown, that Tomato Fest has identified as particularly outstanding for its excellent flavors and beautiful, heart-shaped appearance. Tomato Fest found it suitable that “the world’s most popular fruit,” a tomato, would carry Tony’s name through future generations in a way that would enrich the lives of many.
This tomato was created by a respected tomato breeder and friend, 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 seven years of stabilization, it has consistently produced 1 lb. tomatoes with bold, fruity-sweet flavors and sufficient acidity for perfect balance.

Culinary Use
Paste / Sauce / Canner / Salad / Slicer
Flavor Profile
Fruity / Sweet / Well-balanced
Flesh Color
Fruit Color
Fruit Shape
Fruit Size
Leaf Type
Regular / Wispy
Plant Type
Solanum lycopersicum
Open Pollinated

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    Boneita Smith

    I received the gift of a tomato and a mission.
    My quest led to to the World Tomato Society to find out more about Anthony’s Passionate Heart.
    I received the tomato from Amy Dietrich of Frog Hollow Farm in Walla Walla, Wa with the story about the tomato’s connection to Anthony Bourdain.
    As the sister of a person who died by suicide, and a joyful gardener I accepted the gift and the mission to pass on the seeds and the seeds from my human heart to carry and pass on the story. Anthony’s love of sustainability, food and the joy of sharing is infused in Anthony’s Passionate Heart.
    Share the bounty and support your local Suicide crisis hotline.

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    Would any of these seeds be available to buy? I was devastated upon hearing of Anthony's death.
    I followed all his cooking programs and just enjoyed traveling and cooking with him through television. He will be SO missed,
    Thank-you in advance for any help you may offer, Sincerely, Dan

    • Andrea Clapp
      Andrea Clapp Editor Breeder
      Chief Operating Officer and Director of Research and Innovation

      Hi Dan, yes seeds are available through We hope you enjoy growing them.


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