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How long will a picked ripe tomato last?

by Janet
(Hartley, Iowa)

I went out to my garden and had to pick many ripe tomatoes before I was ready for canning. In fact, I hadn't planned to can until another 4 or 5 days. My question is this...will the ripe ones I picked keep another 4 or 5 days? Is there anything I can do with them to help them stay for a certain length of time?

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Aug 15, 2020

by: Kathryn

Tomatoes ripen from the inside out. If a tomato looks ripe on the outside, it will be ripe on the inside.

Also, tomatoes need warmth to ripen, not light. Fruit will continue to ripen during overcast or cloudy days that are warm or tropical -- or on your kitchen counter.

Well-ripened tomatoes will over ripen if left uneaten for more than a day or two.

Hope this helps!

Happy gardening,
Your friends at Tomato Dirt

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