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

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AmyIM Jul 26, 2007 07:48 PM

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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    Olallieberry Jul 27, 2007 09:56 AM

    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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      Nyleve Jul 27, 2007 12:40 PM

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

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      Nyleve Jul 27, 2007 07:21 AM

      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. babette feasts Jul 27, 2007 02:11 AM

        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.

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