Redux: Green Tomatoes

I expect you’ve been waiting anxiously for news of the green tomatoes rescued from the squirrels. Did they ripen in the brown paper bag, offering themselves up for a bacon-and-tomato sandwich? Did they remain resolutely green and firm, offering themselves up for frying?

They did not. The news is not good, and neither are the tomatoes.

The photo shows their best side. The backside of the large one was badly bruised; the inside was mush. This is as red as they got.

Maybe 2022 will be the Year of the Tomato.


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10 Responses to Redux: Green Tomatoes

  1. Tom Watson says:

    Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Now you know!

  2. I congratulate you on the first half of a year-long experiment. Next time, try this with a foot or two of vine still attached. I’m looking forward to the next report!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Yes, your vine advice came late-to-need this year (as good advice often does, I find) but I am now ready for next. And thinking about locations that will not be quite as attractive to squirrels.

  3. barbara carlson says:

    I don’t even like fried RED tomatoes. They so easily turn to mush — and don’t even start with The Full English Breakfast.

    Did you get any tomatoes from the squirrels in time?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – I can eat a grilled red tomato, but the green ones I’ve had weren’t worth a second try. And no, the squirrels ruined all of the others. One bite, and done.

  4. That’s why I buy tomatoes, rather than tomato plants. The entertainment value wasn’t worth the sense of failure. Sigh.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Judith – A perfectly excellent strategy, IMO. I figure I’ll try one more time, but that’s more stubbornness than a commitment to gardening.

  5. Kate says:

    My tomatoes flopped this year too!
    But in the other hand, I have never seen the kind of amazing cucumbers I was able to grow this year off one Japanese cucumber vine. The vine also probably grew to be 15 feet plus tall!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Kate – That sounds suspiciously like a story I once heard. Did you get the cucumber seeds from a guy named Jack?

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