Slow down or speed up the ripening of tomatoes
Here are guides or tips on how to make the most use of tomatoes. Problems arise when there are plenty of them and get ripe altogether. Solutions are offered here to make money out of them. There are fresh and unripe ones but there's a pressing need for ripe ones. This is likewise a headache but is also tackled here.
- Boxes of Tomatoes: What to do with them
- Slow down or speed up the ripening of tomatoes
- Interesting facts about tomatoes
Boxes of Tomatoes: What to do with them
1) Sell them while still fresh and robust to get the utmost in money;
2) Give some to the neighbors. Sharing makes them happy;
3) Keep enough for home consumption.
NOTE Tomatoes and other fruits gradually soften and decay after passing the period of ripening. It's nature's way. It's nature's cycle of life and death which they follow. Do something to slow down the ripening of the tomatoes intended for the house for at least 3 weeks.
Slow down or speed up the ripening of tomatoes
How to slow down the ripening process:
1) Wrap each one of the tomatoes neatly in a piece of newspaper, after separating each tomato individually with scissors. Take extra care to keep their crowns intact;
2) Stack wrapped tomatoes in 2 layers deep in a container then store container in a 55 degree F temperature. Increasing the temperature will hasten ripening and lowering the same, lowers their quality;
3) Visit to check the tomatoes weekly. Remove or use fully ripened ones in the kitchen. Removing or using fully ripened tomatoes prevents the ethylene from affecting other stored tomatoes.
NOTE: We've said before that normally tomatoes and other fruits follow the cycle of life and death. True, but we can slow down their ripening process to serve our purpose. Tomatoes produce an invisible element called ethylene gas that speeds ripening in them, including bananas, mangoes, guavas, etc, especially if they're in groups or clusters. Thus the steps listed above are ways to minimize their ripening effect so that their shelf life are extended without sacrificing their quality before they are discarded into the trash bin.
How to speed up the ripening process:
To speed up the ripening process of fruits like tomatoes, apples, pears, melons, citrus, pineapples, avocados, peaches, persimmons, dates, mangoes and papayas at a faster rate, we can simply placed them altogether in a paper bag with a ripened banana. The ripe banana releases ethylene gas which joins with the increasing rate of the same gas produced by the fruits as they ripened. Because the banana and the different fruits are all covered inside the bag, their combined ethylene produced are trap and ripen them faster. The ethylene gas is the fruit’s invisible natural ripening agent. About 48 hours, the fruits are ripe.
Interesting facts about tomatoes
1) Don't put tomatoes in the refrigerator. They'll taste poorly like those sold in the supermarket. To preserve their sweetness of natural sugar and acidity, store them always at room temperature;
2) Though considered a vegetable, Tomato is a fruit of the nightshade family. It is believed to be first cultivated in Peru but originally came from South and Central America, then were brought to Mexico about 1000 BCE. The Europeans believed the tomatoes were poisonous; not until the end of the 19th century did tomatoes become popular;
3) Now they are grown universally and have become a staple food practically of all races and cuisines. Tomatoes are cooked in casseroles, stews, soups and sauces; they are pressed for their juices; they are fried and pickled and eaten raw in salads.
4) They are believed to have beneficial effect to the heart. They contain lycopene, a natural antioxidant which has been found to help prevent prostate cancer, especially in cooked tomatoes, according to some studies.
5) Lycopene can also improve the skin's ability to protect against harmful Ultra Violet rays. Researchers revealed that tomato can protect against sunburn and keep the skin looks youthful.
6) Tomato consumption has likewise been associated with decreased risk of neck, head and breast cancers. Tomato and its by-products are the richest source of lycopene.
7) Heaviest tomato. The heaviest tomato on record weighed in at 3.51 kg (7 pounds 12 ounces). A “delicious” variety, it was grown grown by Gordon Graham of Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986. Gordon sliced the tomato to make sandwiches for 21 family members.
8) Largest plant. The largest tomato plant (a “Sungold” variety), recorded in 2000, reached 19.8 meters (65 feet) in length and was grown by Nutriculture Ltd. of Mawdesley, Lancashire, UK.
9) Biggest tomato tree. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest tomato tree grows at Walt Disney World Resort’s experimental greenhouse and yields a harvest of more than 32,000 tomatoes and weighs 1,151.84 pounds (522 kg). The plant was discovered in Beijing, China, by Yong Huang, Epcot's manager of agricultural science, who took its seeds and grew them in the experimental greenhouse. Today, the plant produces thousands of golf ball-sized tomatoes that are served at Walt Disney World's restaurants, and can be seen by tourists riding the "Living With the Land" boat ride at the Epcot Center.