Freckles on Tomatoes

Asked August 17, 2020, 10:43 AM EDT

Hi, What are these freckles and it it treatable?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Hi- this is not a disease, but a ripening/pigment issue that gardeners and farmers see late in the season. We think we can also detect the beginning symptoms of anthracnose, a fruit disease that causes soft sunken spots that become fuzzy.

One easy way to avoid many tomato fruit problems is to harvest fruits when they first begin to turn color and allow them to ripen indoors.

You may enjoy a tomato article that appeared this summer in the Maryland Grows blog: