Jalepenos - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by wilson6414
July 13, 2010
when do you pick these peppers? What do you look for?

Answer from NGA
July 13, 2010
Ripe jalapenos are a 4 - 6 inches long, fat, firm, and develop a bright sheen. They will turn a bright green, then begin to darken to a deeper green, then to black, and then to red. Jalapenos are ready to be picked when they are firm and bright green, but you can leave them on the plant all the way until they turn red.

Red jalapeno peppers are sweeter to the taste and not quite as hot, though they absolutely retain most of their jalapeno heat and flavor. It is all a matter of personal taste. If you plan to dry your peppers, leave them on the plant until they turn red.

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