Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Yesterday a hard frost was predicted for our area so I went out and pulled all our tomato plants and then harvested every good sized green tomato I could find. I decided I didn't want to bother with the whole covering up the plants every night in the hopes of getting a few red ones. Also I detest pulling tomato plants that have been frosted on. Not only do they turn disgustingly slimy and gross, but they also seem to be considered some sort of gastronomic delicacy to wasps. So while your handling the slimy vines you also are being attacked by stinging insects. In my life its just easier to pull them up and throw them in the truck bed to take them to the dump.
After that I brought them all inside I went through and weeded out any damaged ones and wiped off all the good ones I carried them down to the basement and put them in a single layer to slowly ripen.
Green tomatoes don't need sunlight to ripen (contrary to popular belief) and actually do better if ripened slowly in a dark well ventilated room like a basement. I got the instructions on what to do from my much loved and useful book The Encyclopedia of Country Living. There is of course a whole section on what to do with green tomatoes and recipe ideas. With luck we will still be eating tomatoes into November.