Vegetables and Fruit forum: question about harvesting Gypsy peppers

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PA (Zone 6a)
Oct 5, 2015 12:15 PM CST
Here in zone 6 the nights are getting cool-40's--and the days are in the low 70's. I have quite a few Gypsy peppers on my plants, but they are still a pale green-yellow color. Should I harvest them now, or will they turn orange or red if I leave them on longer? If I do harvest them now will the flavor really be lacking? If I remember correctly, I planted them in beginning to mid June, so they've had plenty of time to grow! Thanks so much for any advice you can give me!!
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Oct 5, 2015 12:30 PM CST
If you pick them now, they'll basically taste like a green bell pepper. If you have enough time to leave them to ripen, they'll blush orange at first and then deepen to red. They are the most flavorful and sweetest when ripe. If you can even get them to the blushing stage, they'll usually continue to redden up after picking and taste much better than when green.

I hope the frost holds off for you! Smiling

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