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    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Will green tomatoes ripen if I pick 'em now?

    It's supposed to frost within the week, and my tomato plants have lots
    of green tomatoes on them. Should I pick them and bring the green
    tomatoes inside and let them ripen, and will they?

    Maybe a stupid question, but...

    John Kuthe...

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    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Will green tomatoes ripen if I pick 'em now?

    On Oct 5, 2:58*pm, John Kuthe <johnku...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > It's supposed to frost within the week, and my tomato plants have lots
    > of green tomatoes on them. Should I pick them and bring the green
    > tomatoes inside and let them ripen, and will they?
    >
    > Maybe a stupid question, but...
    >
    > John Kuthe...


    Here's a good read: http://gardening.about.com/od/growin...een_Tomato.htm

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    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Will green tomatoes ripen if I pick 'em now?

    On Oct 5, 5:02*pm, Chemo the Clown <an...@peak.org> wrote:
    > On Oct 5, 2:58*pm, John Kuthe <johnku...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > It's supposed to frost within the week, and my tomato plants have lots
    > > of green tomatoes on them. Should I pick them and bring the green
    > > tomatoes inside and let them ripen, and will they?

    >
    > > Maybe a stupid question, but...

    >
    > > John Kuthe...

    >
    > Here's a good read:http://gardening.about.com/od/growin...een_Tomato.htm


    Thanks Chemo!

    John Kuthe...

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Will green tomatoes ripen if I pick 'em now?


    "John Kuthe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > It's supposed to frost within the week, and my tomato plants have lots
    > of green tomatoes on them. Should I pick them and bring the green
    > tomatoes inside and let them ripen, and will they?
    >
    > Maybe a stupid question, but...
    >
    > John Kuthe...

    Yes they will. Don't take any that are dark green, they will have tough
    skin, thin meat when red. Choose tomatoes that are beginning to lighten,
    preferably those with some 'white' on them. I always box them shoulder side
    down. Check through them weekly. You'll probably use the last of them
    Thanksgiving week. Some people wrap them individually in newspaper, but I
    have never seen that slow ripening or provide any other positive benefit. A
    cooler, dark room is preferable to a brightly sunny and warm one. Don't put
    them in an area that gets to refrigerator temps or you will destroy the
    tomato flavor. If your promised frost is marginal, you can probably cover
    the plants with sheets or similar to get them through the low temps. Don't
    cover with plastic as that transmits the cold. Good luck
    Janet



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    Default User Guest

    Default Re: Will green tomatoes ripen if I pick 'em now?

    Chemo the Clown wrote:

    > On Oct 5, 2:58*pm, John Kuthe <johnku...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > > It's supposed to frost within the week, and my tomato plants have
    > > lots of green tomatoes on them. Should I pick them and bring the
    > > green tomatoes inside and let them ripen, and will they?


    > Here's a good read:
    > http://gardening.about.com/od/growin...een_Tomato.htm


    That's good information. I too have the concerns about the remaining
    tomatoes in the neighbor-shocking front-yard garden. I picked about a
    half-dozen wave last week. Interestingly, the skins are somewhat
    mottled and kind of tough. Tomatoes are good though. Some have started
    to ripen, and there are still quite a few greenies.

    I haven't heard that there's supposed to be frost in STL that soon. The
    ten-day forecasts online show lower 40s at one point. Highs only in the
    50s and 60s though, which will sure slow them down.




    Brian

    --
    Day 245 of the "no grouchy usenet posts" project

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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Will green tomatoes ripen if I pick 'em now?

    On Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:58:44 -0700 (PDT), John Kuthe
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >It's supposed to frost within the week, and my tomato plants have lots
    >of green tomatoes on them. Should I pick them and bring the green
    >tomatoes inside and let them ripen, and will they?
    >
    >

    It they're witeish at the stem end there's a good chance they will
    ripen. But green tomatoes make excellent pickles, follow a fermented
    pickle recipe. You can also slice, dredge in seasoned cornmeal,
    and fry them (fried green tomatoes).

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    dejablues Guest

    Default Re: Will green tomatoes ripen if I pick 'em now?


    "John Kuthe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > It's supposed to frost within the week, and my tomato plants have lots
    > of green tomatoes on them. Should I pick them and bring the green
    > tomatoes inside and let them ripen, and will they?


    No.



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    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig Guest

    Default Re: Will green tomatoes ripen if I pick 'em now?

    On Oct 5, 10:14*pm, "dejablues" <dejabl...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > "John Kuthe" <johnku...@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    > > It's supposed to frost within the week, and my tomato plants have lots
    > > of green tomatoes on them. Should I pick them and bring the green
    > > tomatoes inside and let them ripen, and will they?

    >
    > No.


    YES! Do the newspaper thing. One year when I was a teenager, we had
    at least three BUSHELS of green tomatoes that Dad rescued from an
    early frost. He brought 'em in to the garage, wrapped each one
    individually in newsprint and nestled them into grocery boxes. In our
    root cellar (under the front steps, entrance in the basement, gravel/
    rocks floor, stayed between 40 to 60 degrees year round. Where we kept
    potatoes, squash, onions, Mom's canned stuff . . . ) We only lost a
    few and had fresh tomatoes until Christmas!
    Lynn in Fargo
    But that was in Bismarck!

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