Vine Ripened Tomatoes

Shirley Meneice
Fri, 03 Jun 2005 21:48:48 PDT
Remarkable!  I never have purchased them, since I felt vine-ripened in a 
greenhouse was no different than hothouse-raised, a poor substitute for 
good old tomato plants grown in the heat of the summer.  Somehow, even 
heirlooms lose their taste when grown indoors.  But I never suspected 
they would lose more than that.  I'm off to the grocery tomorrow to see 
what wonders I find within those clusters of tomatoes on their vine.  I 
have no explanation for what you found, but I'll be very interested to 
see if that was par for the course.  I live in Central Coastal 
California and will report back at a later date.

    Shirley Meneice, Pebble Beach, probably Zone 10

Christine Council wrote:

>Hello pbs friends,
>I need your help so please don't get upset about the subject matter.
>We recently picked up some vine ripened tomatoes at the Super Market
>which are sold with the vine still attached to the tomatoes.  They are expensive
>but I had a taste for the real deal.  The tomatoes sat around for a while and I noticed
>that they looked as if something was bulging out of the sides.  I left it sitting on the counter
>and finally decided to perform surgery.  The inside looked like worms or maggots at first
>glance but closer scrutiny showed little vines;  the tomatoes looked as if they had been 
>pumped full of vines or roots. I let this tomato sit on the counter to see what  would happen
>and the sprouts kept sprouting toward the light and getting leggy like my Oxalis plants.  Meanwhile
>the other tomatoes had what looked like branches growing out of the tomatoes.  I put these sprouts
>on top of  dirt in a yogurt cup, put the lid on ( clear plastic) I had to remove the lid because the 
>sprouts were getting to high and are turning into little tomato plants. I also did an experiment by putting the
>sprouts into a yogurt cup and adding water. I gave up this idea because it really smells like fish.and turned
>brown.  The long and short of it is... what the heck are they doing to grow tomatoes?  I have a few experiments 
>going on because i want to see how fast the vines will grow out side and I am dying to see the end product.  
>This could be easier than planting seeds because I just  pull out a clump of of vines and plant them in dirt, 
>water, or leave them sitting inside of the  tomatoes.  Usually there were vines and no seeds.  I saw three seeds
>in one tomato.
>Please humor me, I am curious about the possibilities because I just started to pay attention to how things are 
>grown recently. Take Care Friends and please send your comments to the list or my personal address
>Scamp the un - Earth lady.             
>--- Christine Council
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