Does pollen affect the taste of peppers?

Sluginator(10b)August 5, 2014

My neighbor was remarking that his cayenne pepper is hotter than it should be, so it must have cross-pollinated with a pepper next to it.

It is my understanding that the fruits from this year's pepper will not be affected by any plant sex that is going on. If you plant the seeds from this year's crop, then you will see the effects, but not in the fruits of a plant that was started with lst year's seeds.

Am I correct?

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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

You are right sluginator.
Pollination can only affect the seeds produced in the pods. What you get in terms heat , size, shape, flavor , .. comes from the seed that you planted.

The flavor and heat of a given pepper can be affected by what stage it is at, growing condition ( sun, heat, water ..). Some peppers are hot from day one. Some develop it later. CASE : Today I picked few young green Thai Hots.They were tasty but had ZERO heat.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 3:32AM
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Sluginator(10b)

Thanks, seysonn! That's what I thought.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 11:33PM
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Orekoc(7 Willamette Valley Oregon)

Yeah, a common myth, that is completely wrong. My grandmother used to tell me that watermelon and cantaloupes would cross pollinate. I didn't argue with her, just told her that modern breeding had fixed the issue, so no worries. She believed me. It was a lot easier than trying to change her mind about it.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 12:07AM
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scott123456(5)

Yep a lot of people think this, including myself at one point. If you think about it in common terms it makes sense. It would be like breeding a female chihuahua with a Great Dane and expecting the chihuahua to grow.

This post was edited by scott123456 on Wed, Aug 6, 14 at 20:24

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 6:41PM
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ottawapepper

Sluginator,

Explain it to your neighbor this way...

If he/she has sex with his/her spouse, friend, other neighbors spouse, etc. neither of their physical characteristics change. If the sex results in a kid then the kid will inherit traits from both parents. Cross results show up in offspring.

Bill

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 8:04PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Fred Farkle vs. Ferd Burfle.

Or is that too obscure?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 10:45PM
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Orekoc(7 Willamette Valley Oregon)

Verrrrry interesting.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:19PM
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ottawapepper

LOL DMF,

Obviously Orekoc got the "obscure" reference.

Thanks for the laugh!

To this.to this day I still remember the episode when...

Goldie says: You know, I have to improve my mind, or bust.

and Dick says: Well, two out of one ain't bad, you know.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 8:22PM
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Orekoc(7 Willamette Valley Oregon)

Fine lookin' family you got there, Fred.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 2:31AM
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sandysgardens

I totally forgot about the Farkels. 68' to 73' on Sunday nights they'd show up once in a while. Too funny!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD8iR25kBYI

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 3:03PM
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