Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Nasty Surprise

Last week I posted about my harvest of my one and only  bell red pepper. Of all of my pepper plants, only one pepper turned red! It's such a beauty!  So we couldn't wait to harvest it and eat it.
I cut it open and just look at the nasty surprise I found.  UGH!!  There was a black mold of some sort all inside the pepper.  My one and only red bell pepper and we didn't even get to taste it.  Yuck!!  Has this ever happened to you before?

9 comments:

  1. I know how you've been waiting for those red peppers, so I'm so sorry to hear that your one and only red bell wasn't edible! I wonder what happened. Hopefully one of the other experienced gardeners can help you solve the mystery!

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  2. I have had my bell peppers do this, although I don't wait for my peppers to turn red before picking them. I think it has something to do with the temperature and humidity, but I'm not 100% sure of that.

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  3. I've had it happen and it is disappointing. I just cut off and discard the blackened part and we eat the unaffected part.

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  4. I've had a number of peppers this way, and many without. Have you noticed any small holes in the pepper? Look for worms or maggots. I think this is caused by some kind of bug inside the pepper.

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  5. This happens to me often, especially with peppers I buy at the farmer's market. I just dispose of the seriously bad parts and rinse the rest clean. Sorry your gorgeous red was ruined, I am not sure why that sometimes happens to peppers.

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  6. Awesome post Meems! I too grow peppers atop of my luxury highrise Manhattan apartment. There's nothing quite like biting into the deliciousness that is the Manhattan rooftop vegetable...sans the rotting. :)

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  7. I had some of my small tomatoes do this and when I "googled" it, I found out that it was bottom rot. Typically it's caused by lack of calcium in the soil or possibly too much Nitrogen.

    It's also OK to just cut off the bad part and eat the good part.

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  8. My answer is the same as Leigh's. Maybe next year, you'll get more red ones. A co-worker didn't get her patio tomato planted this year, and was feeling sad the other day that she didn't get any plants on her apartment balcony. I told her the good thing about gardening, is that you can always hope next year will be better.

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