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Is there a name for tomatoes that fall off before ripening?

Posted by Sluginator 10b (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 19, 14 at 3:23

You know how you go out to pick some tomatoes and there are already some on the ground? Often they are ripe, but sometimes they are not.

You have to pick them up and bring them in or otherwise you are just feeding the slugs. Then your partner asks you why you are picking unripe tomatoes.

I have been calling these tomatoes bycatch, after what fishermen call it when they catch things that they were not fishing for.


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RE: Is there a name for tomatoes that fall off before ripening?

Bycatch sounds like a colorful name for that problem that is usually related to heat/dry stress. "Dropped tomatoes" is probably what other tomato aficionados would understand best, but I don't think the name is official ;-).


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RE: Is there a name for tomatoes that fall off before ripening?

if they drop ripe, we call them "Ploppers", if they drop unripe, we call them "Droppers"!

Who is "We", I haven't the "faintest idea"!!!

Gary


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RE: Is there a name for tomatoes that fall off before ripening?

Good one, Gary!


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RE: Is there a name for tomatoes that fall off before ripening?

I picked up 3 unripe so far and put them in a jar with vinegar so I call mine "picklers".


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RE: Is there a name for tomatoes that fall off before ripening?

Could it be deer? That's my problem. Sometimes they will pick them off the vine without leaving any teeth marks. Check if you have some that are partially eaten.
John A


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RE: Is there a name for tomatoes that fall off before ripening?

No deer. I am in a city. I have a lot of rugrats running around, though.

These are a roma-sized tomato, called Juliet. They really want to fall of the vine. If I so much as brush past a cluster off tomatoes while reaching for a ripe one, they will fall off the vine.


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