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#33630 June 25th, 2005 at 06:24 AM
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I just noticed that some of my hot yellow peppers and chili peppers are turning black???? They aren't rotting......this I know......the plants are green and healthy (I think???). Wuts causing this to happen? How can I stop it?
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#33631 June 25th, 2005 at 07:38 AM
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I do know that some types of peppers will turn a very dark shade of purple that does look black before they ripen.

You might want to wait and see what happens...

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#33632 June 25th, 2005 at 08:59 PM
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Yeah sounds like they are black ones. They taste the same, just that they're black instead of red. You can get all colours, yellows, orange, purple and yes, black too. If you keep some seeds i'd be interested to know if they grow again as black or revert back to red or whatever.

#33633 June 25th, 2005 at 09:06 PM
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Thanks SN and Longy....but they're the same seeds I grew from last year and this didn't happen. I just dunno......I picked the blackest one and cut it open. Looked fine, tasted great!! I can't find anything on the internet. I just dunno...
Christina

#33634 July 5th, 2005 at 08:01 PM
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I grow Jalapenos and I understand that they also turn black when ripe. Most commercial growers pick them green for increased yield but in Mexico (and Texas) Mexicans won't touch them unless they have black and corking on them.

#33635 July 6th, 2005 at 04:46 AM
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Christina,

It could be sun scald or a form of sun tan to protect from sun scald. I can't recall seeing it on bell peppers, but I have seen it on jalapenos. The peppers that had most sun exposure turned black on the half that was exposed. The half that was not exposed was still green.

Brammy, what's with the corking? I always thought that the "corking" was a sign of stress of some sort. Is the flavor different when the corking is present?

#33636 August 30th, 2005 at 07:26 AM
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Hi,
I am having the same problem my yellow hot chillies some of them are turning purplish/black. Not all of them but alot of them, they are healthy plants with healthy looking peppers which are not supposed to turn that color. Your forum is the first I have hit on searching the web this evening. Unfortunately I don't yet see any answers. My peppers are grown in full sun in large pots.???

#33637 August 30th, 2005 at 07:56 PM
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Hi PepperJane,
I think PAR_Gardener was right about the sun scald or a form of sun tan. It was only on my yellow hot peppers that were most exposed to the sun. It eventually went away on its own and I haven't had the problem since. My advice to you...if they taste fine and the plant is healthy, I'd let it go. Perhaps you're experiencing the same type of weather that we've had here in Southern Ontario. I don't remember a summer ever being so hot!!!
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Christina

#33638 September 2nd, 2005 at 07:25 PM
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It is a scald. It happens to mine every year. Next year I think I am going to tent them on extremely hot days.


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