Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

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Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by wo2.. » Sat, 14 Sep 1996 04:00:00



I grew some seeds I removed from a huge red bell pepper. The plants are
growing beautifully and are bearing some big  peppers already. My
question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point, or
is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red? At what stage of their
growth should I pick them? I live in Southern California, near the coast.

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Joan Math » Sat, 14 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I grew some seeds I removed from a huge red bell pepper. The plants are
>growing beautifully and are bearing some big  peppers already. My
>question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point, or
>is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
>yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red? At what stage of their
>growth should I pick them? I live in Southern California, near the coast.

I have been growing several varieties of bell peppers in my garden,
and many of the varieties do go through the phases you described:
green, yellow, orange, red.  Some varieties are different, of course
(e.g., I have some Purple Beauty that are a dark, almost black color
and quite pretty -- they start out this color and stay that way);
however, it sounds as though you have a standard bell pepper variety.

In my experience, you can pick bell peppers at almost any state once
they are about the size you like.  Apparently they have more vitamin C
and nutrients when they have started turning orange/red; however, they
are quite delicious green, as well.  I generally find that their
flavor is pretty good once they've reached at least 2-1/2" in diameter
-- pretty small, really.  These baby ones are great sliced up and
sauteed in a stir-fry, or steamed and placed alongside some nice
chicken and rice, etc.

Hope this helps,
Joan

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/8098
(recently moved from http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/1514)
USDA gardening zone 7b, just north of Dallas, TX

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Dennis Mathias » Sat, 14 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I grew some seeds I removed from a huge red bell pepper. The plants are
>growing beautifully and are bearing some big  peppers already. My
>question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point, or
>is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
>yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red? At what stage of their
>growth should I pick them? I live in Southern California, near the coast.

All green sweet peppers will mature and become sweeter and stockier if
allowed to ripen more.

What color they become depends on the variety.  Some are maxed out at
crimson; yellow; orange, or a combination.  Since you planted seeds
from a pepper that was red, that's likely to be your final color.
However, it's also quite possible that the seed came from a hybrid
plant, so could easily be any color when done.

I'd just wait untill they are heavy and have turned more than a little
past green.  ie: just play it by ear.

Dennis Mathiasen
zone 4b central NY

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by George Shirle » Sat, 14 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I grew some seeds I removed from a huge red bell pepper. The plants are
> growing beautifully and are bearing some big  peppers already. My
> question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point, or
> is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
> yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red? At what stage of their
> growth should I pick them? I live in Southern California, near the coast.

Simply put, pick 'em red for maximum flavor.  My wife planted the seeds
of a gold pepper and a red pepper this spring.  We are still harvesting
the peppers from them.  Although not quite as big as the originals,
probably due to the fact we don't throw fertilizer on them every day,
they are very tasty.  I have chopped and frozen about 10 gallon bags of
these peppers in the green, gold and red stages.  Best investment we ever
made at 3 peppers for a dollar at Kroger's. 8->D

George in SW Louisiana

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Jean P Nan » Sat, 14 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Green peppers will turn red as they mature. In fact, I don't
even enjoy eating them in the green stage, we let them all turn
red. There are peppers that go from green to yellow to orange to
red. One such is the variety "Gypsy", which I highly recommend.
They are edible at yellow or orange or red, and are attractive on
salad plates. If you are interested in nutrition, peppers have a
lot more Vitamin C when they allowed to turn red.
--

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Rick Co » Mon, 16 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> My
>question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point,

Probably. Almost all peppers turn color when fully ripe. What color depends
on the variety. In addition to red, bell peppers also turn yellow, purple
and chocolate brown, depending on the variety.

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Quote:
>is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
>yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red? At what stage of their
>growth should I pick them? I live in Southern California, near the coast.

Pick them at any stage you want. They get a little sweeter as they ripen,
but we're used to eating them green.

(BTW: You were quite lucky those seeds bred true. Most bell peppers today
are hybrids and the seeds are worthless.)

--RC

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Denise Patrishko » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I grew some seeds I removed from a huge red bell pepper. The plants are
>growing beautifully and are bearing some big  peppers already. My
>question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point, or
>is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
>yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red? At what stage of their
>growth should I pick them? I live in Southern California, near the coast.

My green bell peppers turn red if I leave them on long enough. They do
not turn yellow or orange but transition right to red.  
 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Chris Freema » Sat, 21 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


> >I grew some seeds I removed from a huge red bell pepper. The plants are
> >growing beautifully and are bearing some big  peppers already. My
> >question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point, or
> >is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
> >yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red? At what stage of their
> >growth should I pick them? I live in Southern California, near the coast.

> My green bell peppers turn red if I leave them on long enough. They do
> not turn yellow or orange but transition right to red.Yes, these turn right to red, unless you have an orange or yellow

variety.  If you pick the peppers when they are green, you will get a
bigger harvest overall.  Subsequent peppers that develop can be allowed
to fully ripen.  The red peppers taste much better than the green ones.
 However, if the first set of peppers are allowed to fully ripen, this
will probably be the only ones you get, because the plant will sense
that it has gone to seed.  When the green ones are harvested, the plant
will produce more flowers in an effort to grow mature peppers.

Hope this helps.
Chris

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by s.. » Mon, 23 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> >I grew some seeds I removed from a huge red bell pepper. The plants are
> >growing beautifully and are bearing some big  peppers already. My
> >question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point, or
> >is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
> >yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red? At what stage of their
> >growth should I pick them? I live in Southern California, near the coast.

All green bell peppers will turn a color eventually.  Most catalogues
state that it takes about three extra weeks on the vine for them to
mature.  When they do, they will be higher in sugars and vitamin C, we
believe.  Not all peppers turn red when ripe.  Some turn yellow, and some
purple (although we have never grown the purple one, so we are not sure
about when they turn).

Lastly, the purple peppers will revert to their green color when cooked,
the color is not heat stable.

--
Bill & Harvey
SKID  zone 6  CT  USA

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Dwight Siple » Fri, 27 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I grew some seeds I removed from a huge red bell pepper. The plants are
>growing beautifully and are bearing some big  peppers already. My
>question: will the peppers that are green now turn red at some point, or
>is this the natural state of all peppers, they start green, then turn
>yellow (?), then orange, then bright, crimson red?

Since you took the seeds from a red pepper it's most likely that your
peppers will ripen red. You will not get yellow or orange stages in the
ripening. Those colors are from different varieties of pepper. There is
at least one variety of pepper that goes through several stages of
ripening including yellow and red, but it winds up purple.
 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Sharon Donaho » Sat, 28 Sep 1996 04:00:00


I also  planted some seeds from red pepper and had to wait forever
before the green pepper turned red, but they finally did just before
frost last year.  I'd like to get some purple pepper or chocolate brown
pepper seeds.  Has anyone got any of those?
Thanks--Sharon

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Sharon Donaho » Sat, 28 Sep 1996 04:00:00


I also  planted some seeds from red pepper and had to wait forever
before the green pepper turned red, but they finally did just before
frost last year.  I'd like to get some purple pepper or chocolate brown
pepper seeds.  Has anyone got any of those?
Thanks--Sharon

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Sharon Donaho » Sat, 28 Sep 1996 04:00:00


I also  planted some seeds from red pepper and had to wait forever
before the green pepper turned red, but they finally did just before
frost last year.  I'd like to get some purple pepper or chocolate brown
pepper seeds.  Has anyone got any of those?
Thanks--Sharon

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Joan Math » Sat, 28 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I also  planted some seeds from red pepper and had to wait forever
>before the green pepper turned red, but they finally did just before
>frost last year.  I'd like to get some purple pepper or chocolate brown
>pepper seeds.  Has anyone got any of those?
>Thanks--Sharon

You don't say whether you're interested in trading/swapping or
purchasing via mail-order.  If mail-order, then I know that Stokes
carries the Purple Beauty and chocolate brown peppers.  I grew the
Purple Beauty ones this year, and they're a nice variation.  I thought
these were both hybrids, but I could be wrong about that.

Hope this helps,
Joan

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/8098
(recently moved from http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/1514)
USDA gardening zone 7b, just north of Dallas, TX

 
 
 

Do Green Bell Peppers Become Red Peppers?

Post by Dwight Siple » Fri, 11 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I also  planted some seeds from red pepper and had to wait forever
> before the green pepper turned red, but they finally did just before
> frost last year.  I'd like to get some purple pepper or chocolate brown
> pepper seeds.  Has anyone got any of those?
> Thanks--Sharon

Most seeed companies carry a variety of peppers. Johnny's Selected Seeds
(http://www.johnnyseeds.com) has a purple pepper that has several stages
of different colors before the purple stage. I don't remember the name of
it but the last time I bought purple pepper seeds from them they had two
varieties, one of them was named "Islander", and the multicolored one was
the other variety. Islander was more of a light lilac color. The brown
peppers are really red peppers that retain a green outer skin. The green
and red combine to give a brown appearance. When you cut into them they
are red inside. (at least the ones I've tried).

Other popular colors are yellow and orange. I've had good luck with
"Canary", a yellow pepper from Stokes. The peppers set well under adverse
conditions and the fruit are reasonable size and good for stuffing in the
green or yellow stage.

Peppers in good condition take a long time to ripen. If the pepper is
stressed, as by insects or disease, it frequently ripens earlier
(giving smaller fruit). I suspect (I haven't tried it yet) that if you
damage the stem you might trigger the ripening process. Just give a
pepper a slight twist to start breaking the stem without breaking it all
the way off, then leave it on the plant.