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My tomatoes aren't ever going to ripen are they?

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headfairy Tue 02-Oct-12 19:57:33

They're outside, near the house and we're in the south east, but so far this year about 4 have ripened, dozens of others are just hanging there, green and sorry looking. Seeing as we're in to October shall I cut my losses and dig out green tomato chutney recipes?

PebblePots Tue 02-Oct-12 20:06:08

Yes smile Green tomato chutney is delicious.

Beamur Tue 02-Oct-12 20:06:54

I picked all mine this week and made green tomato chutney grin

Do you have a good recipe? I've left mine outside in the hope the sun would come back but they're starting to look a bit waterlogged.

headfairy Tue 02-Oct-12 20:22:40

I'm going to try this recipe tomorrow then.... Such a shame, I was looking forward to juicy homegrown toms sad

Beamur Tue 02-Oct-12 21:19:27

That recipe sounds nice. I've tried a WI one -
1.3kg green tomatoes
675g cooking apples
675g onions
2 tablespoons salt
Chop finely/mince the above - sprinkle with salt and leave overnight. Drain the liquid, then bring to the boil with 575m (1 pint) malt vinegar.
Then add
2 teaspoons mixed ground spice
225g sultanas
350g sugar

Cook for about 1.5hrs then put into sterilised jars. It's gone a rich dark colour and is quite sweet - ready to eat in 6/8 weeks.

Hassled Tue 02-Oct-12 21:21:04

I had this a couple of years ago - was incredibly frustrating. I feel your pain. And I've really tried to like Green Tomato Chutney, but I just don't.

Beamur Tue 02-Oct-12 21:31:25

I'm going to give mine away as Christmas presents - I'll never eat 5 jars of the stuff - one maybe! wink

RubberNeckerNicker Tue 02-Oct-12 21:35:01

I picked all mine and packed them in a box on the kitchen window with an apple. About half are now red and ripe and the others just blushing. They taste delicious!

FreudianLisp Thu 04-Oct-12 11:40:02

If you pick them and store them in brown paper bags, they'll ripen.

But I feel your pain, OP. I have cascades of beautiful tiny tomatoes on all my plants. But they're dark green. My one-year-old twins point at them and say "Peas!" Sigh.

dreamingofthefuture Thu 04-Oct-12 14:19:22

I had the same problem and tried the brown paper bag with a ripe bannana with no luck. I stuck them all on the windowledge which was lovely and sunny for over a week, still nothing. Monday this week I said I was going to try to find a recipe for green chutney or just throw away, I have now just eaten a ham and hand grown tomatoe !!!! Literally have about 10 rippen overnight

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