Extend the Shelf-life of Tomatoes
Research at the UPLB has shown that the ripening of tomatoes can be hastened or delayed:
1. Ripening can be hastened if the tomatoes are kept in DRY HULL ASH. This increases the ethylene gas which hastens ripening.
2. If this is placed in a cool place, it will have the red color of ripening.
3. If tomatoes are kept in moist ash, this will neither hasten nor delay ripening, but the ripening will be natural, and the tomatoes will be firm even if ripe, better than if stored in dry ash.
Source: Farming Today July 1983