Factors Affect The Ripening Process In Tomatoes

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Waiting for your green tomatoes to turn red before snow or ice kills your fruits can be such a frustrating period of time. By the way, how long does it take for tomatoes to turn red? Do you know? If yes, then you are such a brilliant farmer. If no, then well and good, here is your opportunity to enlighten yourself about the ripening process in these fruits that are sometimes considered vegetables by many.

Ripening is not an easy process in tomatoes, making it difficult to predict exactly how long it will take a mature green tomato to ripen or turn red. But generally, ordinary tomatoes take between 20 and 30 days from blossom set to reach maturity. From maturity, they take another 20 to 30 days to ripen (to begin to change color from green
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Temperature is a key factor that determines how fast or slow your tomatoes will ripen after harvest. It also affects how effectively your fruits will ripen.

• If you place your tomatoes under extremely cold temperatures, your fruits may fail to ripen and instead rot. They may stay green instead of turning red, yellow or whichever color they should turn to after the end of the ripening process, but rotten on the inside. And if they do ripen, the fruits may be bland and without flavor.

• On the other hand, if you subject your tomatoes to extremely hot conditions, they may ripen faster but with poor flavor quality because excessive amounts of heat interferes with the ripening process.

Green tomatoes require moderate warmth to turn red effectively. They need temperatures between 70 and 75 F –to ripen properly just like many other fruits. So, never place your green tomatoes inside the fridge, hoping that they will ripen well! Just put the fruits inside a bag and you will love the results at the end of the ripening process.

2. The Variety of Your
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Therefore, if you are trying a new variety of tomatoes, ensure that you know what the mature stage is supposed to look like, so you do not get in a situation whereby you don’t know what to do when you don’t see the red color even after the ripening period is over.

Many people do not know how to tell when green tomato varieties are ripe. You can tell they are ripe when you see the underlying color turn from light green to more golden or yellow. The fruit will also feel soft and juicy on the outside.

Now you know how long it takes for tomatoes to turn red of ripen for that matter. You have also seen how temperature and tomato variety determines how your fruits will ripe. Avoid too much or too little warmth if you don’t want your tomatoes to rot. Put them within temperatures between 70 and 75 F and your fruits will ripe properly. Also, you can tell when your green tomatoes are ripe. You know they are ripe when you see the underlying color of the fruit turn from light green to more golden or yellow whilst it feels soft and juicy on the

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