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