Are green tomatoes still edible after a freeze on the vine?

Asked October 16, 2020, 12:31 PM EDT

I didn't realize we'd have a hard freeze last night. Tomato plants look dead, green tomatoes are frozen. Can those tomatoes be safely used for food by cooking or should they be composted?
Thank you.

Adams County Colorado

1 Response

Good morning,


Thank you for reaching out to us.

The tomatoes would be fine, however, once they defrost they will be mush. Freezing breaks the cell walls of the fruit. I personally would throw them out. The flavor just won't be there.

Composting is fine!