It’s the end of Summer already. The tomato plants are trying hard to hold the weight of the precious fruit.
Tomatoes are not easy to grow. It’s better to start them indoors, then transplant. They need a support system and to be watched closely for caterpillars and other pests. If you go ahead and do all that, it’s important to know when to pick the tomatoes. With all due respect to the caterpillars, worms, and other pests, they shouldn’t be enjoying your hard work. You should.
Like bananas, apples, and apricot, tomatoes are climacteric fruit. This means that they continue ripening after picking. Some say that the tomato tastes better if you leave it on the vine until it is bright red and soft. I prefer my tomatoes firm, and I don’t find them less juicy or sweet if the final stage of ripening is done on my counter or in my refrigerator.
When to Pick Tomatoes…