What To Do With Green Tomatoes

updated Sep 22, 2023
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Fried green tomatoes, served with Remoulade sauce
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Green tomatoes — not to be confused with tomatillos — are simply regular tomatoes that haven’t ripened to redness, yet. Tomatoes can keep producing fruit well into fall, but they need temperatures of 75 degrees or more in order to reach full growth and optimum ripeness. Therefore, most tomatoes that start growing in the fall stay small and green. Don’t throw them out, though.

The good news is that green tomatoes are still edible, delicious, and good for so many things! Here are our three favorites.

Green Tomato Recipes

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Fried Green Tomatoes
The best (and tastiest!) way to make classic Southern fried green tomatoes.
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Green Tomato Pie Recipe
It's about time to think of ripe green tomatoes as dessert fruit. They are tart and firm and take on flavors really well.
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Fried Green Tomatoes with Crab Salad Recipe
Fried Green Tomatoes, crab salad, hot butter sauce. Enough said.
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Do you ever cook with green tomatoes? Do you have any favorite uses for them?