Harvesting & Using Green Tomatoes

Green paste tomatoes

Green paste tomatoes

Harvesting & Using Green Tomatoes

Just before our first frost I harvested all of the green tomatoes from my garden and brought them in the house. If they have a slight blush of orange, they will often ripen in a sunny windowsill for fresh use or cooking. They may not have the fullest flavor and may resemble storebought tomatoes, but it’s nice to use your own salad ingredients as long as you can each year.

An earlier harvest of tomatoes. The ones that have started to color up should ripen in a sunny window.

Tomato harvest…the ones that have started to color up should ripen in a sunny window.

Harvest your green tomatoes and check each one for damage. Use them up quickly if there are any bruises or imperfections. Ripen some in a sunny spot for later and use the rest up in dishes such as fried green tomatoes, green tomoto relish, green tomato pie, and green tomato mincemeat! Check out these recipes from my search on allrecipes.com for more ideas.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Although fried green tomatoes are traditionally a southern dish, and I’m from up north, my Gram used to make them in the fall to use up her green tomatoes. I loved the smell of green tomatoes frying in bacon grease! I don’t have many green tomatoes this fall and the ones I do have are cherry tomatoes and Romas. So I guess I probably won’t be making these this year. But if you want to use a bunch of green tomatoes, here is a link to a great post for How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes.

Do you harvest your green tomatoes before first frost? What’s your favorite way to use these green jems?





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