How to ripen Tomatoes – and why you might need to
I couldn’t understand why my heaving Tomato plants were never ripening. Admittedly, the weather here is decidedly Autumnal but we had the sun. I thought that is what they needed – little did I know. So I looked up all I could about how to ripen tomatoes and gathered all that information for you.
Sun is only one component of a good tomato crop, in fact, too much sun can be a problem. There was obviously more to this tomato growing business than I realised.
- Tomatoes are full sun plants but what they really need is heat – mulching the plants can help retain the heat in the soil and the moisture which tomatoes thrive on.
- If your plant has lots of fruit it might hinder the ripening process, top the plants by removing the top grow to help the lower fruits ripen.
- You can also remove green fruit and either make fried green tomatoes or green tomato chutney
Green Tomato Chutney
- 3lb green tomatoes
- 1 Large onion chopped
- 2 Crisp Apples chopped
- 1 tbsp Sea salt
- 250g sultanas
- 250g Dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp chopped chilli
- 500ml Balsamic/Cider vinegar
The How to
1. Place the chopped tomatoes, onion and chopped apples covered with salt in a large bowl and leave over-night.
2. Drain the liquid off the tomatoes, onions, and apples the next day and place in a slow cooker with the other ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the mixture is thick and the liquid has reduced down.
3. Place in sterile and clean jars should last six months.
- If you want your green fruits to turn red you can do that by bringing them inside to a warm window sill or even in the airing cupboard – spread them out on baking sheets to avoid rotting.
- You can try to speed things up with ethylene, which occurs in ripened bananas – pop a ripe banana in a brown paper bag with your tomatoes and this can turn them red.
- If you are worried about early frosts you can pull the whole plant and hang it upside in a warm storage shed to finish ripening the fruit – just watch out for disease and rotting.
Hopefully, with these How to ripen Tomatoes tips, you will be enjoying tomatoes soon!
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