Is it ok to pick and eat my green tomatoes that were exposed to frost?

Asked October 6, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

While I was out of town last week, I was told we had a frost that made the green tomatoes on my plants unsafe to eat. Is this true or is it safe for me to pick them green and safely eat them as they ripen in my house? Thanks for helping me. Donna Ver Wey - djverwey@hotmail.com

Minnehaha County South Dakota

1 Response

As long as they are not physically damaged where they now have soft spots that might become infected with a fungus or bacteria, they can be eaten cooked after they ripen. But, you should not try to use them for canning because the acidity of the fruit has likely decreased so that they will not be safe to eat after canning.