Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tomatoes in January


I picked the last of the green cherry tomatoes several weeks ago and have kept them under a tea towel with a banana thanks to a suggestion from Yolanda Elizabet . We've been slowly eating them as they ripen and while they may not be the best tomatoes ever they won the taste comparison contest the day care children did with some of our's and some from the store. And the banana really helps...when I took the original banana out (due to developing mold...yuck) the ripening slowed to a halt, picking up again when I put in a new one. Looks like we're coming to an end though...and it will be a while before we're picking new tomatoes.

4 comments:

Carol said...

It is very impressive that you have tomatoes from your garden still in January. I'll have to try the banana trick next fall, if I remember.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Glad to help you out! I once saw the banana trick on Gardener's World on the BBC (England) and use it when I have unripe fruit. It really does the trick! Wish I had some tomatoes from my garden now, but alas!

Annie in Austin said...

Not only do you get the tomatoes to ripen - you get a great photo for a blog post, Leslie.

Next year you could put a new banana under the towel each morning and eat the "used" banana for breakfast. Just think of all the vitamins and potassium you'd get!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Leslie said...

Carol...it's a first for me. But next year, now that I know the banana trick, I will pick every last tomato before the plants freeze!
Yolanda Elizabet...we can start planning for 2008's tomatoes soon!
Annie...why didn't I think of that! I'd decided the banana cost was worth it but that way I could have my tomatoes and eat bananas too!