Depending on variety, harvest at full color and when they are firm.
An overripe tomato quickly loses its firmness.
“Some varieties have green shoulders when ripe, so they are not always one single color,” says Leung.
If you pick underripe tomatoes, set them away from direct sunlight, ideally in a bowl with a banana to continue the ripening process.
Never put them in the refrigerator—cold temperatures spoil the flavor and texture of your homegrown tomatoes.
Check out our 10 tips for growing awesome tomatoes.