What Makes Tomatoes Turn Red?

Tomato Color: Green or Red?

Green tomatoes are considered the most desirable color because they have a natural yellowish tinge. They tend to be smaller than their red counterparts and are usually less expensive. However, it is not uncommon for them to be slightly larger than other varieties of tomato. Because of their size, green tomatoes require longer storage time and may spoil sooner if left out in the open.

Red tomatoes are much bigger than green ones and are generally preferred for eating. They also tend to be more flavorful and sweeter tasting than green ones. Because of their larger size, red tomatoes will need longer storage time and may spoil sooner if left out in the open.

Some experts say that red tomatoes should only be eaten within two weeks after picking. If you want to eat your ripe red tomatoes soon, store them at room temperature rather than refrigeration.

How To Make Tomatoes Ripen Faster?

To speed up the ripening process, keep tomatoes covered with a paper bag or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. When possible, place tomatoes in a cool area away from direct sunlight during the day. During cooler months, leave them outside at night to reduce heat loss and ensure that they stay fresh longer.

Tips To Make Tomatoes Ripen Faster:

– Store fresh green tomatoes at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

– Place a ripe apple in the bottom of each paper bag when storing your green tomatoes to help them ripen quicker.

– Cut an inch off the bottom of the tomato and store it with the stem side up.

When Do Tomatoes Turn Red?

Green tomatoes turn red when they are exposed to ethylene gas. To ensure that your tomatoes ripen quickly, store them in a paper bag with an apple. The apple naturally produces large amounts of ethylene gas which helps the green tomatoes to ripen faster.

When Are Tomatoes Ready To Pick?

Tomatoes should be picked when they are fully red and not showing any signs of green. They also need to have a slight give when you press on them with your thumb. Picking tomatoes too early may result in them being mealy and lacking in flavor.

Is It Ok To Pick Green Tomatoes And Let Them Ripen Off The Vine?

Picking green tomatoes and letting them ripen at room temperature is perfectly fine. They will take as long to ripen off the vine as they would have if you had picked them ripe in the first place.

What If I Pick A Tomato Too Early?

Green tomatoes left on the vine too long will eventually turn into something called a correl. These tomatoes will never ripen no matter how long you leave them on the vine.

Where Can I Store My Tomatoes After Picking Them?

Ideally, you should store your tomatoes at room temperature in a cool dark place with plenty of ventilation.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Cell wall metabolism in ripening fruit (VI. Effect of the antisense polygalacturonase gene on cell wall changes accompanying ripening in transgenic tomatoes) by CMS Carrington, LC Greve, JM Labavitch – Plant Physiology, 1993 – Am Soc Plant Biol

Heirloom Tomatoes—A Forgotten Taste by S White – search.informit.com.au

The phytoene content of tomatoes by G Mackinney, CM Rick, JA Jenkins – Proceedings of the National …, 1956 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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