Answer: Hot peppers may be harvested at any stage of maturity. The longer they're allowed to ripen, the hotter they will become. There's no 'best' time; harvest, taste, and decide for yourself if the peppers should remain on the plants. Red peppers are generally 2-3 times hotter than green ones and dried pepper pods can be 2-10 times hotter than fresh peppers. Habanero peppers are some of the hottest peppers you can grow!
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