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Green Tomatoes: How small is too small?

small h | Oct 16, 201103:47 PM

My idiot balcony tomato plant is fruiting. Now. In mid-October. In Manhattan. I have five marble-size Polfast tomatoes, which get to be about 3-4 inches across before they stop growing and start ripening, but the chance that I'm going to end up with ripe tomatoes somewhere around Thanksgiving is slim to none, unless climate change really ratchets up in the next few weeks. Is there a minimum size tomatoes have to achieve to make them suitable for pickling or other uses? I'm very fond of tomolives (pickled green grape tomatoes), but those are picked "full size." I'd hate for this plant's efforts to be in vain, but I'd also hate for my efforts to result in something inedible. Or poisonous!

The stupid plant is also still flowering, because it is apparently the world's most hopeful tomato plant. Or it's been reading all those articles about reproducing late in life.

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