Vine-Ripened Tomatoes

My wife bought these “vine-ripened” tomatoes the other day.

Vine-ripened–doesn’t that mean that they were left on the plant until they turned red?  That’s what I would assume.  But what if they were picked while green, but a little of the vine was left on?  Then they were allowed to ripen.  Could they still be called “vine-ripened tomatoes” then?

They did not taste like any tomatoes that are grown around here.  They were pretty hard.

Those of you who grow tomatoes:  When was the last time you saw four tomatoes right together on the vine when all of them are perfectly ripe?

They might have ripened on the vine, but I don’t think the vine was connected to the plant.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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