The Q&A Archives: Harvesting Habanero Peppers

Question: I have a habanero pepper plant that is quite large and loaded with peppers. Some of the peppers are orange and others are still green. Some of the orange ones have white areas that may be rotting. How do I know when the peppers should be harvested?

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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