Green tomatoes, the unripe counterparts of the tomato plant known as Lycopersicon lycopersicum, belong to the Solanaceae, or Nightshade, family. These vibrant fruits possess fleshy internal segments brimming with slippery seeds encased in a watery matrix.
The process of cooking serves to mellow the acidic and bitter notes inherent in tomatoes, unveiling their comforting and luscious sweetness. While green tomatoes are a delightful addition to cooked dishes or pickles, caution is advised when consuming them raw, especially in large quantities. These unripe tomatoes harbor significant levels of tomatine, a toxin from the alkaloid family, akin to solanine found in green potatoes, another member of the nightshade family.
To incorporate chopped green tomatoes into your culinary endeavors, you have the option of finely or roughly chopping them, with or without the peel, depending on the recipe’s requirements. For an intriguing twist, consider cutting the green tomatoes into sizeable chunks or quarters. Halved green tomatoes, deseeded for your convenience, offer another enticing option. When it comes to slicing green tomatoes, you can choose between thick (1/2 inch) or thin slices (1/4 inch), with or without the skin, based on your preference.