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.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/anthracnose-vegetables

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:
https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2020/06/19/tomato-tips-2020/
Jon