Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600822


     Green  tomatoes will usually ripen if they are  removed
from the  vine   and  wrapped  individually  in   newspaper.
(Wrapping   the  tomatoes  helps  to  prevent  rotting   and
provides  the  proper  atmosphere for  ripening  to  occur).
Allow  tomatoes  to  ripen  at  room temperature or slightly
cooler.   It  may take awhile for totally green tomatoes  to

     If at all possible,  green tomatoes should be harvested
before the first frost.  Green tomatoes hit by a light frost
should ripen if treated as outlined above.  However, if they
are hit be a heavy frost,  they will not ripen and should be
used as soon as possible in the green state.                

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