The Q&A Archives: Black Skin On Jalapeno peppers

Question: Last year I planted some Jalapeno peppers in my garden. I noticed sometimes when harvesting that a lot of the peppers had turned black on one side or sometimes all over. What could be the cause of this, and are they ok to eat like this?

Answer: When exposed to strong sunlight, some varieties of peppers will turn a chocolatey-brown (or even black). The coloration is normal and not a cause for alarm. Be sure to harvest your peppers as soon as they mature. If you leave them on the plant, they'll become overripe and begin to change color.

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