Thursday, July 8, 2010

'Mater Hater

After three weeks of 90+ degree weather, we finally had a small break in the heat and haze. And what happened? Half of the tomatoes in the garden *poof* ripened, all within a day or two of each other.


This, of course, inspired me to run to the Internets for an explanation: why, after weeks of droolingly staring at umpteen-million green, refusing-to-ripen orbs dangling enticingly from their spindly branches, would all my 'maters ripen simultaneously? Turns out tomatoes like it hot, but not that hot. Ideal ripening temperature: between 68-77 degrees F. What happens when the temperature hovers in the mid-to-upper 90s? Nothing. Everything goes into stasis - fruit is maintained, but not ripened. Carotene and lycopene are not produced, so they remain hard and green.

Sigh. Guess it's time for gazpacho! Muahaha!


  1. Ya, dude. Those hydroponics guys might be (on)to something.

  2. How interesting! And you would think the more heat, the more ripening there would be. Just goes to show how you never know what Mother Nature is up to sometimes. ;)