tomatoe - Knowledgebase Question

Oceanside, Ne
Question by dmarino1
September 24, 2009
What is the best method to get green tomatoes riipe


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Answer from NGA
September 24, 2009

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Pick ripening fruit and green tomatoes that have reached at least three-fourths of their full size and have a glossy green appearance. One difficulty with ripening tomatoes indoors is controlling humidity. If the humidity is too low, fruit shrivel. If the humidity is too high, fruit molds. Some gardeners simply hang the whole plant upside down in a dark, cool garage or basement to let the fruit ripen gradually.

Other options include placing tomatoes one or two layers deep in a covered box for ripening. Some people find better success by individually wrapping fruit in newspaper or wax paper and placing them in a covered box. Green fruit will ripen in about two weeks at 65 to 70 degrees F (such as on a kitchen counter), and in about 3-4 weeks at 55 degrees F. Storage below 50 degrees F will give fruit a bland, off flavor.

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