Tips for your tomato harvest

  • Updated: August 9, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Tips for tomatoes

Farmer Ariel Pressman offers these suggestions for making the most of the fleeting season of homegrown tomatoes.

• Buy or harvest them before they are fully ripe.

• If buying, get them at different stages of ripeness so they aren’t all at their peak at one time.

• Keep them in a single layer — on a window sill or counter — or they will ripen too fast from the ethylene gas they give off.

• Store them upside down. They start to ripen from the other end (the blossom end) and this will help prevent them from getting squishy as the remainder of the tomato ripens.

• Do not refrigerate. Keep at room temperature or slightly cooler.

LEE SVITAK DEAN

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