Monday, October 18, 2010

Gorgeous Green Bell Peppers!!

Even though we are well into October, I'm still harvesting gorgeous vegetables. Among them are those infamous bell peppers. I gave up on leaving them on the plant to turn red / orange. I planted 3 kinds of bell. Orange, red and green, and I never saw any of them turn orange. Only 1 turned red. I think the fall brought in the cold weather so fast that the peppers didn't know what hit them. Does anyone know, do the peppers change color after you pick them?? Or must they ripe on the plant? Since I'm not a fan of green bells, I gave this whole harvest to my friend Ruth. She'll enjoy more than I will. But shhh!! don't tell my husband! He loves green bells.
See what others are harvesting at Daphne's Dandelions!

17 comments:

  1. I've never had bell pepper change after they were picked, but my serranos do.

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  2. Gorgeous indeed! There is nothing that tastes so (color green)green as the green bell peppers. I have a few poblano chilies left in the greenhouse and I just love those too/ Tyra

    Fragrant and Tasty in Tyra’s Garden

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  3. I've not seen bell peppers change color after harvest either. Tood bad you don't like them green - they look yummy!

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  4. I've had bells color up after picking but it seems to work best with ones that were starting to turn already when they were picked. I'm with you on green bells, they're yucky.

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  5. What beautiful green peppers!!! I'm not a fan of green peppers either... to strong tasting... but I love any other color of bell pepper.

    I only got green ones too this year.

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  6. Yes, they definitely ripen after picking, but sometimes start to get wrinkled if they're kept around too long. Those are pretty - and you even got a beet!

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  7. I bet your friend Ruth was happy to luck into all your green peppers!
    I too am not a huge fan of green peppers. I much prefer the red ones. I find they are sweeter.

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  8. My cayenne peppers definitely ripened red after they were picked, but I wonder if that's just a hot pepper thing. Somehow I can't imagine the green bell peppers turning color after getting picked. Sorry you didn't get more red and orange bells!

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  9. I have never had mine change after picking, but if I don't use them immediately I freeze mine, so maybe they do if left alone?

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  10. They sure are slow to turn aren't they! I was trying to wait it out for most of them, cause my children only eat red/yellow/orange ones, but they have all the sudden started enjoying them green so they will be picked soon! You have one there that looks like it is turning! Mine usually finish turning if they have started to turn when I pick them as well!

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  11. No ripe bell peppers at my homestead this year either - way too cool and short a summer in 2010 to get much of any of the warm weather crops to mature. Unlike you though, I like green peppers. I have never ripened peppers off the vine.

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  12. They look delicious. Sorry to hear you don't like them.

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  13. I eat green bells cooked. I love the ripe ones raw, but not the green ones. Cooked though they add some nice flavor to things.

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  14. I've seen green peppers change color after picking only if the pepper was already in the process of changing color when it was still attached to the plant.

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  15. I'm jealous that you're still harvesting summer crops like bell peppers, even if they are the green kind :0)

    Anyway, today I published that post on saving basil seeds if you still need it.

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  16. I didn't get all the comments read, but bell peppers that turn red do it on the vine. They are still ripe and ready to eat at any size, but do get sweeter, I'm thinking, when they turn red. There are other kinds of peppers that are different colors from the beginning, like the ones called lilac, which are smaller, and a light purple.

    Mine didn't turn red this year, either. I need to get the ones we've picked chopped and frozen to put in chili and such this winter.

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