How to Ripen Roma Tomatoes


Roma tomatoes grow up to between 3 and 4 inches in length. Often used in Italian dishes and salads, the Roma tomato has an elongated or oval shape. Roma tomatoes picked while still green should be allowed to slowly ripen to allow their color and natural flavor to develop. A simple technique will allow a green and prematurely picked Roma to ripen and become a useful in a variety of dishes.

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  • Refrigerator
  • Choose a Roma tomato that is green or partially green in color. Select green tomatoes when they will not be used or needed immediately.

  • Place the green Roma tomatoes in a warm location. Choose a window sill or table that receives at least partial sunlight during the day if possible.

  • Arrange the Roma tomatoes so they are a single layer deep. Turn the tomatoes every day or so to promote even ripening and help prevent soft or damaged spots.

  • Allow the Roma tomatoes to slowly ripen and develop flavor in the warm and sunny location. Watch for the skin color on the tomato to turn from green to light red, indicating it is ripe.

  • Place the Roma tomatoes in the refrigerator once they have ripened. Put the tomatoes in the crisper of the refrigerator, if possible, to allow them to chill several hours before serving.

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