Trivial tomato news. Did you grow any?

Photos is mine
Eugene, Oregon
October 6, 2016 4:10pm CST
We all know there is a huge hurricane about to smack Florida and some other states and we wish safety for those in its path. Then there is this election and the best news about that is that it will be over in less than a month. So, leaving aside the serious stuff for a little while, I thought I'd show you these tomatoes. All of them were very green a little over a week ago. Now they are almost ready for salads. I read that they should be kept in newspaper in a dark place at a certain temperature, but decided that a paper bag in the window would have to do. The next day, my neighbor told me they should be out, but not touching, so we put them on this tray and they have been in the dining room since then. Much to my surprise they turned a very nice shade of red. Anne is making green tomato chutney out of what was left on the vines.
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@Hatley (161796)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Oct 16
oh they look so good and nothing like a fresh home grown tomato Im drooliong here. My mom used to m,ake tje best green tomato chutney that was of c oursew way back there now as Im an elder noiw lol.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
I had never heard of green tomato chutney until today. I'm pretty "elder" too,
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@Hatley (161796)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic and she also made what she called piccalilli I have seen recipes for it it uses green and ripe tomatoes into a tart relish.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
@Hatley I think that Anne has made that too.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
7 Oct 16
I thought, from your title, you were going to tell how at one time tomatoes were thought to be poisonous. About the man who sat on the Capitol steps and ate tomatoes to prove to people that they were not poisonous. But your tomatoes look good. Ready to eat. I could go for a tomato sandwich right now.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
I was surprised that they ripened so quickly, or at all, really.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
7 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic Tomatoes will usually ripen if you don't put them in the refrigerator. (They may ripen in there too, but I think it would take a lot longer.)
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
@RichardMeister I found out how quickly they do if left out.
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@LadyDuck (126141)
• Switzerland
8 Oct 16
I made a green tomato chutney too, because there were many green tomatoes. I also do not put the tomatoes in bags, or newspaper, on the windowsill in a basket they turn red.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Oct 16
They certainly did and pretty quickly too.
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@JudyEv (103540)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
They look very nice tomatoes. I'm sure they'll taste just great. Always nice to eat your own produce.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
That's for sure.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
6 Oct 16
They look delicious! I love tomato sandwiches with salt and mayonnaise. =)
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
Are you still home? Are you supposed to leave? How is your weather?
@marguicha (82710)
• Chile
6 Oct 16
In this side of the planet, we just planted the tomato seedlings. Let´s hope they will give tomatoes as beautiful as yours.
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@sallypup (23233)
• Moses Lake, Washington
6 Oct 16
Yes I grew tomatoes. You're right. Its that time of the season when I need to cave and pick all the tomatoes- green ones and semi ripe ones. My Mom always said to wrap the green maters in newspaper then put them in a paper bag and they would ripen. I knew a German lady who made a green tomato pie. The pie was sweet in nature.
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• China
7 Oct 16
They seem to be ripened completely.They say the green tomatoes are high on toxic solanine.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
I will have to look that up. Since they have been cooked for hours maybe that substance is dissipated (I hope).
• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
@changjiangzhibin89, Fascinated by your comment about solanine, I did some research and found that there is little to concerned about. I found a really interesting NY Times article on the subject of tomatoes and it even mentions using the leaves as an herb. I think you will find it interesting as well.
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• China
8 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic Sorry ,I can't open the link,that's okey! as for solanine ,I think that nobody would eat green tomatoes as much as the amount that get poisoning.
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• Bournemouth, England
7 Oct 16
I am harvesting tomatoes from 3 supermarket-bought plants, one of which survived a severse slug attack early in the season. Normally I only use such plants as a backup to the ones I grow from seed but I only planted two this year, both very late. One has a single plum tomato which should make it so I am glad I got those other plants.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
I hope that they do well for you.
• Bournemouth, England
7 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic Thanks. Pretty good so far and this late in the year there's less chance of the blight who so often curtails my tomato crops.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
@asfarasiknow If the blight is blossom end rot, calcium will stop it in its tracks.
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@cindiowens (3916)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
7 Oct 16
We tried our thumbs at tomatoes last year. I didn't have the patience this year.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
I only planted two and had an early bout with blossom end rot, but stymied with a mineral (name escapes me at the moment), then we did not have a bumper crop but did alright.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
7 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic Was it epsom salt or magnesium?
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
@cindiowens I looked and it was actually calcium, a powder dissolved in water and it stopped the rot right away.
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• United States
6 Oct 16
Much better topic than what you see in the news. I don't want to hear about crime, war, disasters or other negative events. Don't nobody bring me no bad news, indeed.
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct 16
I knew that you would appreciate a lighter subject.
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• United States
7 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic I do. I start my day on the computer, so happy topics are appreciated.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
@ElizabethWallace I start mine with NPR, so I catch up on all the latest news, good and bad, very early.
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@Corbin5 (84858)
• United States
6 Oct 16
A relief it will be when this election is over, for sure. We have grown tomatoes in the past, but not for a few years. Those tomatoes in the photo look very tasty. Yes, worried about so many folks in Florida.
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@TheHorse (54490)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Sep
Did they all wind up tasting good? Including the chutney? I harvested about eight last year (heh) and should get more this year. I've already munched four. I let them get red on the vine.
@SHOHANA (7104)
• Bangladesh
1 Sep
I don't have any land to plan it
• United States
8 Oct 16
congrats! i fear the grasshoppers got most 'f the maters produced here this season.
@teamfreak16 (37058)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
7 Oct 16
Our neighbor tried to grow some, alas, it was not meant to be.
@teenspirit (1606)
• Israel
7 Oct 16
sounds grate