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Habanero ripening

Discussion in 'Peppers' started by pa42phigh, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. pa42phigh

    pa42phigh Smoke Blower

    First time growing habaneros..I still have a lot of green habaneros on my plants. I’m sure a frost will be coming soon. If I pick them now will they ripen any more or am I Just stuck with green habaneros?will they still be pretty hot if not fully ripened?
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I can't speak for Habanero but my green Jalapeños, Sport Peppers, Jersey Long Hots, have all ripened at room temp. Like many fruits, bananas, tomatoes, avocados and peaches, will continue to ripen off the plant. They give off Ethylene Gas, which, when captured, can excelerate the ripening. Put the Habs in a paper bag with one of those and they will ripen in a couple of days...JJ
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  3. pa42phigh

    pa42phigh Smoke Blower

  4. Holly2015

    Holly2015 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They will ripen off the plant but make sure they are not touching one another rotate them every day or so that the same spots isn't laying on the underlying surface. A cool low humidity environment with some airflow and a week or two and the color will develop.

    You can also use them while green. The heat is there but the flavor will be slightly less developed but still good in a different way.
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  5. normanaj

    normanaj Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I grow these things by the hundreds.It all depends on when the first hard frost/freeze happens for your region,here in southern RI this may not happen until November.Habaneros are fairly hardy and can withstand several early season light frosts.

    Like Holly said they will continue to ripen off plant.
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