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How can I ripen a green tomato?

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Green tomatoes will usually ripen if they are removed from the vine and wrapped individually in newspaper. Store wrapped tomatoes at room temperature or slightly cooler. If at all possible, green tomatoes should be picked before the first frost. If there is a light frost, treat the tomatoes as above. If the frost is heavy, use the tomatoes immediately in recipes calling for green tomatoes, such as pickles, relishes, chow-chow, marmalade or preserves. Consult home canning references for recipes.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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