Do Cherry Tomatoes Ripen After Being Picked? (EXPLAINED)

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Do Cherry Tomatoes Ripen After Being Picked

Cherry tomatoes are much smaller and rounder species of tomatoes than most. They are eaten raw, eaten with salads, and used for various foods and canned recipes.

Cherry tomatoes are typically bright red and range from the size of a gumball to the size of a golfball.

Likewise, cherry tomatoes vary between having the consistency and taste of garden variety tomatoes and currant type tomatoes.

Below, we discuss whether or not cherry tomatoes ripen after being picked. 

Do Cherry Tomatoes Ripen After Being Picked?

Cherry tomatoes, like many other fruits, do indeed continue to ripen after being picked. Like with almost any other type of tomatoes, whether you set them on the window sill, or you put them on the kitchen counter (or in the fridge), they will continue to ripen and soften.

How Do You Ripen a Cherry Tomato?

Most gardeners place their unripe tomatoes on the window sill for them to continue ripening in the warm sun. If you do it this way, placing them upsidedown helps keep them from rolling away and getting bruised or damaged. They should be ripe and ready to use anywhere from 2 or 3 days to 2 or 3 weeks on the window sill (depending on when you picked them).

How to Tell if a Cherry Tomato is Ripe?

Ripe cherry tomatoes are firm to the touch, but not squishy. If they are hard, they are not ready, even if they are red. They should also have no yellow or green coloring left on them at all (not even a little).

How Long After Being Picked Do Cherry Tomatoes Turn Red?

Depending on when you picked them, your cherry tomatoes may require an additional 3 to 30 days sitting on the kitchen counter or the window sill before they are ripe. 


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