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Jul 26, 2007 07:48 PM

Green Zebras--when are they ripe? [Moved from Home Cooking]

Forgive me if this is the stupidest question ever posted on Chowhound, but...

I am growing Green Zebra tomatoes in my garden. They have started to come in, but I can't tell when I should pick them! Does their pretty bi-color green change a little, or do they get softer? Right now they are still kind of hard-to-firm, without that slight fullness and "squeeziness" I get from my red tomatoes when their time is nigh. I can't wait to eat them but want to make sure they are ready. I should add it's been pretty seasonable to cool here for July -- most nights have been in the 60s and sometimes even the 50s.

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  1. When they come off the vine with just the slightest tug - if you need to yank hard, the plant is not ready to let its fruit go.

    1. The background colour of the tomato will become slightly yellowish and the tomatoes will yield to pressure. They're one of my favourite tomatoes.

      1. I always thought green zebras were ok to eat once their stripes turned black. At least, that's what they say in the bush...

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        1. re: Olallieberry

          Those are the black and white zebras. But really, you can never eat more than one at a sitting.