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23. How do I ripen my still green tomatoes after the season?

There are a few methods for ripening green, unripe tomatoes at home after harvesting. Here are some tips to help green tomatoes ripen faster.

  • Paper bag or cardboard box: Place the green tomatoes in a paper bag or box with a ripe banana or apple, as these fruits produce the ripening gas ethylene, which can speed up the ripening process. The bag or box keeps the gas around the tomatoes, which helps them ripen faster.


  • Single suspension: If there is space, you can also hang the green tomatoes individually, for example on a string or a shelf. This prevents them from touching each other, which can cause rot or mold to occur.


  • Keep warm: One should ensure that the ambient temperature is between 18°C and 24°C as this promotes the ripening process. Colder temperatures can slow the ripening process.


  • Light: A little indirect sunlight can help the ripening process. However, you should not place the tomatoes in direct sunlight as this can cause them to overheat and dry out.


  • patience: The ripening process can take a few days to weeks, depending on the ripeness of the tomatoes and the environmental conditions. In order to recognize signs of ripeness, such as changes in color and taste, you should check the tomatoes regularly.


It is important to note that not all green tomatoes will ripen equally. Some may mature faster than others. Therefore, it is a good idea to check the tomatoes regularly and separate the ripe ones from the unripe ones as soon as they are ripe to avoid over-ripening.

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Es ist wichtig zu beachten, dass nicht alle Tomaten der grünen Tomatensorten gleichmäßig reif werden. Einige können schneller reifen als andere. Daher ist es eine gute Idee, die Tomaten regelmäßig zu überprüfen und die reifen von den unreifen zu trennen, sobald sie reif sind, um eine Überreife zu vermeiden.

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