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Anyone growing Green Zebra tomatoes?

Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:12 pm
by gardengrl3
Hello! This is the first year I am growing Green Zebra tomatoes-can anyone tell me if they are to be slightly soft when they are ripe? My green zebras have been firm for a couple of weeks now so I am not sure if they are ready to be picked? :?

Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:24 pm
by TZ -OH6
They have two flavor ripeness stages; full ripe the tomato will look yellow with some broken green stripes. It should be fairly soft at that point. Working back from that point ripeness-wise the flavor will change and be a bit more tangy, and the color will have more green. Its hard to describe but you'll get the hang of it after lots of fruit start to ripen.

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:34 am
by farmerlon
Yes, pretty much what TZ already said, look for the chartreuse (yellow/green) color. This was my first year growing Green Zebras too. As you continue to watch them, the color change is obvious when it starts to happen. Also, the tomatoes do feel a little softer as they ripen.

On my tomato sandwiches, I use a good "red" tomato, and also add a layer of Green Zebra ... heavenly ! :D

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:20 pm
by gardengrl3
Thanks for the advice! I want to try to make some salsa because they say green zebras are great in salsas! I cant wait! :D