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How do i ripen green tomatoes in doors. Have already made some chutney but these are the last of my tomatoes and there are quite a lot. Tips or recipes I dont mind.





Patricia, they just need warmth to ripen inside. They don't need sunlight. Put them somewhere safely out of the way in the warmest room. They will eventually ripen. Sit them upside down on their shoulders rather than on their bottoms. This minimises the chances of the flesh brusing in contact with a hard surface.

Didn`t know Toms have a bottom!! The old fashion way of ripening them this time of the year was to place them in individual paper bags and place in a dark warm cupboard. They ripen very well.

What happens in central Italy Italophile, do you have the same problems? Surely the longer warm season allows ripening for much longer into the autumn. The temperature here in Cheshire is 50 degrees and constant rain - lovely if you are a masochist!

Happy Flower

I find placing them near ripe bananas helps the ripening process indoors. The bananas release a gas which encourages other fruit around them to ripen- hence why you should use a banana hanger for bananas and not place them in a fruit bowl with other fruit


bigolob, daytime temps usually stay in the 20s well into October, but the nighttime temps start to get down to the low teens by mid-October. Still viable for ripening toms while it's in the 20s during the day, though.

Bananas produce ethylene gas which is a ripening agent. A lot of fruit and veg produce it, too, including toms, though in a lesser quantity. Commercially-grown toms are harvested green and gassed with ethylene to "ripen" them. It turns them red, giving them the outer sign of maturity, though they're not actually mature inside. That's why supermarket toms can be so pale and hard inside. Only the skin has been ripened.


Stacey Docherty

Does the banana trick work with chillies italophile as I fear my large impressive crop is not going to ripen in time although I do leave them out pretty much till frosts kill them off!?

Happy Flower

@ Stacey - It should do - if you are growing the chillis in pots you can bring them in and keep them inside once the frosts have come


Stacey, I've tried the banana trick on toms, out of interest, and found no appreciable difference in ripening times inside. Either way, bananas or not, they will ripen inside if you put them somewhere warm enough.

Italophile, thanks for the reply. I too on a few occasions in the past used the Banana skin trick as they are supposed to give off Ethylene gas but to no advance in ripening whatsoever.


I think the ethylene gas needs to be pretty concentrated, bigolob. And it only really changes the skin colour, it doesn't actually bring the tomato itself to maturity.

Hi Patricia.  Just put your green tomatoes into a brown paper bag and keep them indoors.  They will ripen very well.  I have done this for years, and sometimes I am still eating from the bag well into December.   All the best.   Byegeorge

Sharon 2014

I've tried the banana and paper bag idea this year and got green tomatoes yellow enough to ripen further amongst the other red ones in a bowl.

Of the five varieties I've got this year, 'Alicante' is the one which has got large but not ripened on the vine at all.... so is the one is the bag, it's also the least tasty....


can't you make chutney with them  ? . anyone got a recipe for me . please.

So when do you give up letting them ripen on the vine?

I was late sowing my sweet millions and the first one has just started to take on an orange hue - I still have hundreds of flowers on some trusses....

Still getting into the 20's most days, even though it has been overcast the couple of days the temperature has been good, if it's sunny the conservatory will easily get to 45. My problem is predicting how many windows to open and whether or not to turn the fan on!


Optimum ripening temps are in the 20s, the warmer the better. Overnight temps need to be factored in, too. With an orange hue, they're well on the way. Don't let them get too hot.


Oh for consistent temperatures


This week overnight minimum temps here in central Norfolk have been over 15C and daytime maximums have been around 25C   It's fantastic - the tomato plants that have escaped the blight (fortunately the majority of them) are ripening like mad

However, I've never had to do so much watering in mid September - swings and roundabouts

More like 12 to 22 in west central Scotland the last few of days but wednesday it was markedly warmer in the conservatory at 10pm (still around 20C) than in the house.... It was overcast all day. The weekend was much hotter though.

I could just build a climate control system, but that would seem like cheating!

Boater wrote (see)  ....  I could just build a climate control system, but that would seem like cheating!

Definitely cheating!  LOL

I'm doing well with my outdoors grown this year .apart from the cheery toms in the hanging baskets ,

atb Tony