Unripe green tomatoes are used for cooking and canning. Some tomatoes, like Green Zebra or Green Grape, remain green even when they are fully ripe.
Green tomatoes can be firmer and sweeter than their ripe equivalents. They are used in many dishes. You can fry them for a crunchy, tangy snack or use them in salsas, relishes and salads.
Green tomatoes are usually harvested before they fully ripen. It can prevent the fruit from being affected by pests and disease, as well as extend the growing period.
Green tomatoes can be stored in a dark, cool place such as the basement or pantry. They can then be ripened by allowing them to ripen at room temperature. You can store them in the fridge for a few days.
Green tomatoes, while generally safe, contain solanine. This naturally occurring toxin can cause stomach upset if eaten in large amounts. Avoid eating green tomatoes in large quantities or on a frequent basis to minimize the risk of solanine poisoning.