A few green tomatoes are to be expected at the end of the gardening season. If you just have a few, it’s no big deal. You put them on the windowsill to ripen, and when they do you use them as you would tomatoes that ripened on the vine.
But what about if you have bushels of unripened green tomatoes?
Of course, there are green tomato pickles and relishes. You can use green tomatoes in soups, spaghetti sauces, or even chili. You can substitute green tomatoes for zucchini, carrots or even bananas in your favourite spice cake or muffin recipe. And of course, there’s the classic fried green tomato!
But have you ever thought of making a green tomato pie?
Green Tomato Pie
Apparently, green tomatoes can be substituted for apples and made into a very tasty pie. The green tomato pie recipe I read says you can’t tell the difference I plan to spend some time later this evening chopping up ingredients for this pastry but once baked I won’t be telling hubby and the kids what it is until after I’ve heard their reactions! If you want to try it too, use the linked recipe or just substitute green tomatoes for the apples in your favourite recipe. Let me know how it turns out!
Green Tomato Nutrition
Green tomatoes have a lot of the same nutrients as ripe red tomatoes, though in slightly lower proportions. But I imagine they’d pass for apples a lot more easily than red tomatoes would!
What’s interesting is that cup for cup, tomatoes have fewer than half the calories – 22 calories for one cup of sliced green tomatoes, compared with 57 calories for the same amount of apple slices. Green tomatoes are rich in vitamin C. They also provide potassium, vitamins A and K, as well as several of the B vitamins. By comparison, apples have less protein, fewer vitamins, and more carbs.
My Adventures with Green Tomato Recipes
Our little valley is bear country, so this time of year it’s really important for people to pick their fruit and glean their gardens. That can often mean that by the end of summer a gardener will have so much produce they really have no idea where to put it all!
A few days ago, a neighbour sent my husband home with three big boxes of tomatoes, most of which were green. So far we’ve made stuffed tomatoes, sandwiches, and school snacks from the ripe ones. And we’ve made a beautiful green and red tomato soup that I will most definitely make again. I have more tomatoes cut up for a different tomato soup recipe.
This weekend, I am going to attempt to make a zucchini brownie recipe with green tomato instead. I also found a lovely green tomato cake recipe I want to try. I want to make some for our house, some for my girlfriend’s family, and some for the lovely neighbour who sent the tomatoes home. I saw an interesting savoury green tomato cobbler recipe that uses cheddar biscuits – well, you can see I have a lot of stuff I want to make! And luckily we have more than enough tomatoes for our household and several others!
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Image credit: Green tomatoes by Jon Sullivan/Public Domain Images