Why do tomatoes split before they get ripe. And how can I stop it?
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Tomatoes split when it’s been dry but then it rains hard — esp large fruit. if you know it will rain that day, go ahead and pick them. even if they’ve begun changing color just a little they’ll fully ripen in a day or so. course, i don’t think they taste as good that way, but that’s just me
Pick them before they ripe and then let them ripe. The ground is probably too dry.
Some tomato varieties are prone to splitting as they ripen. I t could just be the variety, as larger tomatoes tend to do this more often. Here’s a couple suggestions: You can try picking you tomatoes before they fully turn red (assuming they are red tomatoes). Pick when orange, with just a blush of red and let ripen in a sunny windowsill. Or try watering a little less. If they are in the ground, try a deep watering once or twice a week. If in containers, they may need to be watered a bit more, say 3x week.
Overwatering can cause this when the temps are high. They take in all the water and then split because the temps build up inside and put pressure on the skins. Perhaps you could build a sunscreen so they only get direct sun for half a day.
The tomatoes start to get pale green prior to ripening. If they are doing this and you get a big rain–splits. When they start to ripen and turn you need to cut back the water if it is rain, pick, you can put them in a box and cover with newspaper and they will ripen in a few a day sans the splits. Check your box every day and remove the red ones.
watch how much and when you water. once tomatoes get to a mature size cut back on your water. The skin hardens and the water the plant puts in the fruit will crack the tomatoes. The crack will be on the bottom or small ones that go around the outside top of the fruit. Sometimes this area will not get red and will stay yellow.
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Raw Banana Split:
2 scoops pine nut yogurt (see Oct. 4, 2009 video)
a few walnuts
raw chocolate sauce: 1 T. raw cacao powder, 1 T. raw lucuma powder (optional), 1 T. raw agave syrup or raw honey, 1 T. filtered water – mix and pour)
For a hard-shell chocolate topping, add 1 tsp. coconut oil to the sauce and chill for 10 minutes. It’s So good!
You can make the banana split without the yogurt, too. Add some nut butter, I do that ALL the time.
2 tbs. agave nectar
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cacao powder
1 tsp. water
VANILLA CREME – Take all the ingredients, put into the blender for 1 minute or until creamy. pour into a container and let chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to use (the linger it has to cool the firmer it gets.)
CHOCOLATE SYRUP – Put all ingredients into a container, put a lid on container and shake until well mixed.
BANANA SPLIT – 1) Split the banana and put the two halves side be side in a bowl. 2) take a dessert spoon and scoop a large dollop of raw almond butter from your jar and place it in the middle of your banana. 3) take one large scoop of vanilla cream and place it on your banana to the right of the almond butter, and repeat with another scoop of vanilla creme on the left. 4) Chop up strawberries and sprinkle into bowl. 5) Drizzle chocolate syrup on top, grab an eating utensil, and DEVOUR!
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