Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Nights are getting colder and the rains have returned to Western Washington. Since the summer wasn't all that hot, my two heirloom tomato plants took their sweet time ripening the beautiful fruit hanging from their vines. Like all tomato gardeners, the weather made me fear those nasty splits that happen to tomatoes in a rainstorm.
So, I made a decision and picked them all! Some of you may be thinking I've got a lot of fried green tomatoes on the menu, but I'm counting on my super cool brown bag trick to ripen some of them.
I took a medium size brown paper bag and put in the green tomatoes with a fairly ripe apple. The apple releases a gas that helps the tomatoes ripen. Roll the bag a bit to "seal" it and a couple of days later, one of the tomatoes is already ripe! I love it when things work out like that. Caprese salad, here I come.