Tomato Ripening - Knowledgebase Question

Methuen, MA
Question by themal
August 26, 1998
I'm growing roma tomatos for canning this season. To limit the amount of work involved, along with vine ripe tomatoes, I have some that are close to being ripe. I would like to know the best/fastest way for me to ripen tomatos off the vine.


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Answer from NGA
August 26, 1998

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Fully ripened tomatoes have the best flavor. To hasten ripening, place tomatoes in a paperbag with an apple. The ethylene gas given off by the apple will help the tomatoes ripen. Depending upon how ripe the tomatoes are when you put them in the bag, expect the whole process to take 3-4 days.

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