In early summer, there is an abundance of green tomatoes on the farm which means more delicious green tomatoes dishes on the table. But, you might ask, why are they green? How should they be stored? What’s the best way to prepare them?
Green vs. Red Tomatoes
Green tomatoes are the unripe red tomatoes. A green tomato will eventually ripen and turn slightly red. The flavor of a green tomato is tart and tangy and the flesh is firm, giving it many different culinary uses.
How To Store Green Tomatoes
To keep green tomatoes green, store them in the refrigerator because if left out, they will eventually ripen. To keep the true green color and flavor, store green tomatoes in a single layer in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If you wish to ripen a green tomato, place it in a sunny window for a couple of days.
How To Use Green Tomatoes
Green tomatoes can be used in the same way as a red tomato. Diced in salads, guacamole, and salsas, sliced on sandwiches or brush with olive oil and place on the grill. Sliced wedges of green tomatoes can be pickled by using them instead of cucumbers in your favorite pickle recipe. The all-time favorite recipe for green tomatoes is to fry them breaded and serve as a side dish.