tomatoes ripening under full spectrum lights November, garden Victoria BC

Tomatoes Through November

Exactly a month ago the last of the tomatoes were harvested before the bed was tidied up for the season.

The end of season tomatoes, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

I found a big fistful of orangey-red tomatoes.  They made good snacks, although weren’t as tasty as the sun-warmed-super-red tomatoes we enjoyed in September.

But what impressed me was how many green tomatoes survived on those naked vines. (Unfortunately, they taste gross. )

tomatoes ripening under full spectrum lights garden Victoria BC
photo by SVSeekins

What is there to do with 1 pound (600 g) of green tomatoes?

Well C’s mum used to make Green Tomato Mincemeat .
(see recipe below).

The fruit sat on our counter for a few days as I searched out the recipe… and wouldn’t you know a few more tomatoes turned red!
I ate them    🙂

tomatoes ripening under full spectrum lights garden Victoria BC
photo by SVSeekins

After not too long there weren’t enough green tomatoes to make the recipe…. so I continued with the experiment…

Now it’s the end of November & I’ve had treats all month.  It’s a wonder what those full spectrum florescent lights do.

tomatoes ripening under full spectrum lights garden Victoria BC
photo by SVSeekins

I’m still waiting to see if the last couple turn color.

Won’t it be  impressive if they do?

I’ll have to try JM’s recipe next year.

🙂

Green Tomatoe Mincemeat

ingredients:
2 lb. green tomatoes ( 2 cups = 1 lb.)
2 lb. apple
1 1/2  cup raisins
2 lemons (or 1/2 cup vinegar)
2 1/2 lbs. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup mixed peel (if desired)
4 cups boiling water

instructions:
Grind tomatoes in a blender & scald with 2 cups boiling water.  Pour off & repeat.
Grind apples & raisins… add with other ingredients to tomatoes
Simmer 1 hour or until tender.
Bottle & seal with wax.

Yields:  2 quarts
(Thanks to LM for tracking the old recipe down.)

How do you use green tomatoes?

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© SVSeekins, 2014

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