Saturday, September 11, 2010
I discovered by accident an easy way to get the tomatoes off the vine without tearing up the fruit. Leaving the stem intact ensures that you haven't torn the skin, which would hasten rotting. At about a half to three quarters of an inch away from the fruit up the stem is a little knobby elbow. Do you see it in this picture? Look at the tomato on the right, which is a clearer picture.
If you press your thumbnail against that knobby little elbow and snap it in the opposite direction of its bend, it will snap right off there. Think of the direction that you wouldn't want your elbow snapped and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.