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Gambling on pepper ripening

Late ripening peppers

I go back and forth about what to do with late-ripening peppers. Mark and I vastly prefer sweet, red peppers over their immature green form. But if you pick all of the green peppers before the first frost, many shrivel-ripen, not quite tasting as good as they would have if simply eaten green.

This year, with light, spotty frosts on the horizon in early October, I decided to be a gambler and only pick the fruits that were at least partially ripe. Sure enough, the plants were only lightly nipped and fruits continued ripening, giving me two more harvests to date. Success!

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