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Name: Jenny
Cantwell, Alaska (Zone 4a)
JPak
Aug 31, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Can anyone identify my pepper problem? I had an aphid infestation and that is when this started. I finally beat the aphids but am left with these. Are they still edible? Thanks!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 31, 2016 8:20 PM CST
Hi Jenny -- I would say they are likely okay to eat, I think it is just cosmetic damage... but I have lots of peppers so I likely wouldn't eat the spotty ones...

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 1, 2016 9:56 AM CST
I don't see any damage on the leaves so I don't know.
Name: Jenny
Cantwell, Alaska (Zone 4a)
JPak
Sep 2, 2016 4:11 PM CST
The leaves are fine. There is some damage from the aphids but overall they recovered well. It was just during the time when the aphids were the worst that I started noticing the spots. And they were worse on peppers that had more honey dew secretions from the aphids. I thought at first it was sooty mold because that is common with aphid damage. But it seems different than that. I have only about 40 peppers and about half have the black spots. They don't penetrate the pepper, just on the skin. I hope you are right Sandy about it being cosmetic damage. I can't really find any info online about it.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 2, 2016 7:44 PM CST
Jenny, maybe you could try peeling the peppers... there seems to be a number of different methods; here's a link that discusses several ways to do it: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/25200/how-to-peel...

Disclaimer: I've tried charring and peeling peppers and kind of ended up with a mess Sad
However, the last method mentioned on that page, which they call "concasse," was recently recommended to me by a new member of our extended family, who is a trained chef -- I haven't tried it yet, but seems like it could work! (from that website: "You could try to concasse the pepper. Make light cuts through the skin (not through the flesh) then submerge in boiling water for 30 seconds, then shock in ice water? Maybe the peels get loose the same way a tomato releases its skin when treated this way.")
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Name: Jenny
Cantwell, Alaska (Zone 4a)
JPak
Sep 3, 2016 11:30 AM CST
That's a great idea! I roast red peppers frequently and peel them. I'll freeze them afterwards for winter use. Thanks!
Name: Sandy B.
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Sep 3, 2016 2:18 PM CST
You're welcome! I tip my hat to you.
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