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Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

Posted by jengc 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 14, 09 at 11:17

Jalapeno pepper

I am having a bring fart on how to put it in the message.

Are these ready? I have no idea since I have never liked them.

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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

It depends on how you like them. They seem to be turning color. If you want them green, like your standard jalapeno, you need to pick them. If you want a slightly different edge to them, you can wait until they completely turn red.


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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

I dont like them any way. I heard that Cayenne peppers deter mice. I couldnt find Cayenne pepper plants so I bought these. I have since found a pepper plant. heheh

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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

Yeah, I honestly don't care for them either....that's why I have six plants. What was I thinking!? Actually, I've used some in a homemade salsa and then I used two tonight in a taco bake. I just chop them realllllllly fine and I don't notice them much.


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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

I am glad I am not the ONLY fruitcake gardener! LOL I didnt think about salsa. I will chop them up minuscule lol

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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

I'm not real fond of them either, but I do use them in Mexican dishes, salsa, pico de gallo, and quesadillas. DH can't tolerate too much "kick", so I make sure to pull out the seeds and the white part before slicing and dicing.


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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

Those look a little small. Depending on how you want to eat them, look for at least one of the following:

corking
turning red
3" minimum size

Not that eating them green and slightly small is a terrible thing.


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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

I generally pick them green about 3 inches in length. I chop them raw with tomatoes, cilantro, onions, salt and pepper for salsa or grill them to make a salsa with tomatillos. I also stir fry them in Chinese dishes to add some spice. This year has been a terrific year for Jalapenos.


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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

They do look a little small, but I think the only thing that may change is the heat level...

My Fresno chili's are a little small but still taste awesome. I love grilling them and topping on whatever sounds good--but then again, we like it spicy...

In addition to what stephanieftx said, if you want to reduce the heat, after you trim them you can try cooking them in the oven on 350 for 5-10min (depending on how soft you want them).

I love jap. poppers!

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cooking jalapeno popper correction

Oops, I meant "jalap." poppers, and cooking them at 300, not 350. Can I blame it on the wine I don't normally drink????


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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

Thanks for the advice! I already picked them. I LOVE picking stuff so I thought "WOOHOO! I can pick them!" And did. But I did find some others last night and they were bigger, plumpier. I am sending them to a friend in OK (if I can ever get them in a box to ship!)

Thanks. I might try my luck of something mexican with no "innards" (all the southern gardeners will understand what that is LOL)

Oh and my other pepper plant (one that I pictured earlier) produced a VERY small pepper...like 1/8 of an inch...and is red! I have another one that size that is dark green, but they all seem to be dark green. I didnt know what was going on. There is a pepper plant that is right in front of it and it doesnt seem to be having problems. I just wondered if someone might know why it did that.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jen's Victory Garden Blog


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RE: Are my Jalapeno peppers ready to harvest?

I think its not yet ready to harvest. Maybe you should wait at least 5 to 10 days. But it will also depend on your preference.


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