When to pick jalapeno peppers

DarylltxJune 18, 2012

I have already pickled a couple of jars of nice green, young peppers. Now, for whatever reason, I want red peppers. As my peppers get to that stage of maturity, first they develop lines in the skin (looks like cracks but are not), then what I notice is when they get to this stage the pepper is firm or rather hard, when compared to the younger, yet still same diameter of pepper. Questions are: Why are these peppers harder than the ones without lines? Are they still as desirable as those peppers that are more pliable? And by the time they are red, will they have lines and cracks all over the pepper, thus making visually unappealing peppers, if I want to make decorative, gift-canned jars?


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The "cracks" are called corking. They dont affect the taste as far as I know but some may not like the look. Others might look at is as unique or whatever and like it. Below is a link to a concise explanation of corking.

Here is a link that might be useful: Corking on Jalapenos

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 2:57PM
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Those lines are generally called "corking".

Many consider it desirable, but, it is less attractive in the jar (obviously that is subjective).

The red (ripe) ones will also be softer than the green ones when pickled - but also a bit sweeter / less "green".

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 2:58PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

I prefer the sweeter taste of the red jalapenos - don't care about the scarring. But it's an act of will to leave them on the plant that long ...

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 5:58PM
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Thanks all. Yes you are right it takes will to wait, but several are turning purple, so I know it wont be long now...

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 6:32PM
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northerner_on(Z5A ONCanada)

Daryll, how lucky you are to have red jalapenos. In my neck of the woods the birds take my red ones unless I am proactive and cover them. For my pickled jalapenos I slice them and the red and green make an attractive jar. Enjoy!!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 2:48AM
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Does anyone know when/if TAM jalapenos turn red?

Here is a link that might be useful: TAM Jalapenos still green

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 6:05PM
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