'Split' tomatoes Ok to eat?

tackysueJuly 10, 2009

So, I'm super new to growing tomatoes. Tried last year and got a few little ones but I do believe they were miracles because that poor plant looked awful. I tried again this year, and while the tomatoes are larger (simply the breed) they don't look like much.

I've learned so much just by reading this forum today that I realize I need a bigger pot, more fertilizer, start them sooner, provide a little bit of shade when it's too hot, less dense soil and research a breed that's better suited to containers and this heat! So, next season I'll hope for more.

This season though, I do have three tomatoes (!). The problem is that the skin is split. Are they ok to eat? And (this is really embarassing) how do I know when to pick them? Is it just a color thing?

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bdobs(8b or 9 SF Bay Area)

Sure you can eat split tomatoes. I'm assuming your talking about a split that runs fron the upper stem area down vertically along the side that heals with rough greyish matetr??? Just cut away any of the hard gross stuff and enjoy :)

As for when they are ripe to eat....
The color is one aspect, but give them a feel. You want to feel a little bit of give to them. You'll know


    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 3:58PM
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I think a split tomato is only an issue if it is exposed to water polluted in some way and of course it will be more vulnerable to mold.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 4:31PM
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This is great news! As I only have three I was hoping that I could enjoy them :) Thanks bunches.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 6:54PM
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rj_hythloday(8A VA)

Healed splits are one thing. My sugolds have been splitting occasionally on the vine. Today I picked a bunch and picked out the splits for the compost. A few hours later at least half of the unsplit toms now had splits? What's up w/ that?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2009 at 11:05PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Some varieties are more prone to splitting than others. I don't remember if Sungold is one of those.

One reason for splitting is inconsistent moisture. I lost a lot of my volunteer grapes last year after heavy rains: sometimes 25% of what I tried to pick had split. I took to picking them earlier and earlier to try to avoid losses.

And sometimes just washing a tomato is enough to make it split!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 12:05AM
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rj_hythloday(8A VA)

sometimes just washing a tomato is enough to make it split!

hmm... These got washed more than once, was taking them to a picnic.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 9:22AM
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