How ripe to save seeds?
How ripe does a pepper need to be to save seeds? I've got one with chile freak's name on it, a little afraid of leaving it on the plant too long. Not only was there a squirrel checking it out one AM, but it's been pretty rainy here and I don't want it to rot! If it does, I've got others less ripe but who knows when the rain will let up.
So when is the perfect time to pick for seeds, and can we eat the pepper and just leave the seeds to dry on a paper towel on a cake rack to save? How can you tell when they're dry enough to package?
BTW, thanks again Bill (ottawapepper) for the seeds - sent you an email about storage.