Jalapeno color and heat

nuwanda(New Zealand)February 14, 2006

Hi

I've got three very healthy Jalapenos all flowering and fruiting profusely. Two plants are of the same variety. These two plants have fruit that is turning from standard dark green to almost black. It's obviously because of sun exposure as the shaded side of the fruit is still just green. Is this a precursor to the fruit turning red? The fruit is healthy. This black area is not damaged in any way.

The other Jalapeno (not the same variety) doesn't react to the sun this way. All of it's fruit is still dark green and of the same age as the other two plants. It seems like this one isn't going to have fruit that go very dark. Also, this is the plant that I sampled a two inch pod from a few weeks ago and it wasn't hot at all, just fruity.

Anyone know wabout color changes in Jalapenos?

I don't know the two varieties of Jalapeno, I just know they're different. All very healthy plants. FYI, mid-Feb in my part of the world is equivelant to mid-August in the northern hemisphere.

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byron(4a/5b NH)

I've got three very healthy Jalapenos all flowering and fruiting profusely. Two plants are of the same variety. These two plants have fruit that is turning from standard dark green to almost black

Normal process

    Bookmark   February 14, 2006 at 6:48PM
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oburn

Black color is caused by a cross of a purlpe and brown pepper. But if the color is purple and just looks black this is sometimes caused by cool weather.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 8:11AM
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nuwanda(New Zealand)

Purply-black coloring is only on the sunny side of the fruit. The other variety of Jalapeno doesn't exhibit this color change.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 5:47PM
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