At the end of April I still have some late green tomatos out on my vines. I
want to ripen them before frosts arrive so I took some in recently that had
just started to get some colour and put them in a paper bag with a ripening
banana. Within a few days the tomatos had ripened. Bananas emit ethylene
gas, pears or apples can also be used. I have dark green ones in bags at the
moment ripening. Well worth doing for ripening late season tomatos if your
autumn sun is rapidly dissappearing but you want to make the most of a long
summers crop. I have been enjoying tomatos for 4 months now.
Banana is not needed. I pick the mature tomatoes at the end of the
season, just before the first frost is announced. Toss any with
imperfections. Wrap each in newspaper and store a few layers in a
box. I seem to remember that we put ours in the garage. Frost in
November and we had tomatoes in January. We went through the box at
least once a week and took out the ripe ones and tossed any that were
Some people pull the whole plant and hang it upside down in a garage.
"Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
On Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:25:21 -0500, Charlie wrote:
Reeducation? Wouldn't that imply that I was educated to begin with?
I'm from California, in case you forgot. ;-)
So nope, just busy. It's trout season, the garden had to be tended to,
we're shopping for a new puppy, oh...and sometimes they like me to
show up to the "office" (it gives everyone a chance to practice
Hope all's well.
When I pull out all the old tomato plants I pick off ALL the fruit no matter
what sizeor colour. I put the vines in a basket and daily pick over the
fruit and select the ripened ones. The pile becomes smaller and smaller, the
last fruit are always eaten Chrismas Eve with our stand pie. Many are still
very small but it's tradition!
If you really want to try and ripen them, use an apple - it will give
off ethylene gas which is what triggers the ripening.
You can use them green of course, to make chutney, relish, or pickles.
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