How and When to Harvest Tomatoes
The best time to harvest the fruit will depend on the
climate and location of the garden. In the warmer
climates of parts of the USA, southern Europe and
Central America, this can begin as early as June.
Wherever the garden is, the fruit will usually be picked
in the hottest months of the year when the temperature
remains warm through the night. It is important not to
pick fruit from the plant until it has fully ripened.
This allows time for the flavour to develop to its full
potential. The colour should be completely formed
depending on the species of tomato. Tomatoes can be
yellow, orange, red or even purple!
Another sign of a fully ripened fruit, is the ease in
which it can be picked from the plant. To fully
experience the fantastic flavour and freshness of
garden-grown tomatoes, they should be picked only when
they are to be eaten. This is in contrast with
supermarket tomatoes which may have travelled for many
days before arriving at the point of sale. For the
sweetest, fullest flavoured tomatoes, they should be
left on the vine for as long as possible.
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