Green Zebra Tomatoes

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  1. nehimama

    nehimama An Ozark Engineer Supporter

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    I have several tomato varieties growing in my garden this season. On a whim, I planted some "Green Zebra". The packet of seeds was a freebie, so I thought "Why not?"

    As the name implies, the tomatoes are green with lighter green stripes.

    Has anyone else raised this variety? HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THEY ARE RIPE?????

    TIA

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  2. moonwolf

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    I once grew the red/white 'striped' tomato variety. I think it's called Tigerella. I also grew a novelty that was yellow with white.
    I would say that once the white is prominent on your Zebra tomato, then pull one off and cut it open to eat. If it tastes ripe, then it is!

    If I remember the red ones with white were rather tart, but it was fun growing novelty vegetables.
     

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    The white stripes should get to a yellowy, or even orangey-yellowy color but the greens will still be definite. The inside will be green and tart. They'll also get slightly softer as they ripen.

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    My Green Zibra are mild and sweet. I pick when they get a orange tint.
     
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    Mild and sweet? I wouldn't have described mine that way, but then we've just been arguing what German Pinks taste like. Sometimes I think the taste is determined as much by the soil and water as by the variety of tomato. The stage of picking matters, and, bottom line, people's tastes are different.

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    I have grown Green Zebras for years. I think they taste even more tomatoey. Pick when the lighter green stripe starts to yellow. I always wanted to make tomato sauce from just the green zebras, but they get eaten right away.
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    Thank you very much for all your insights and information. The seed packet described these tomatoes as "delicious 2-oz fruits" so I picked what looked like a 2-ouncer. Yuck! I'll wait on the next ones, 'til I see more of a color change. Thanks again.

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    I'm also watching 3 Green Zebra plants to see when the fruits are ripe. Interesting growth pattern in that the pair growing in a regular garden are wanting to sprawl all over the place. The third one is in a 5-gallon pot. It is behaving itself and becoming a nice bushy plant but with nearly the same number of fruit. Otherwise, fruit size and growth is virtually identical to Tigerella which I grew last year. Apparently only the final color of the fruit will be different.

    Martin