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When are jalapeno's ready to pick?

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by wayneboian, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. I have never grown  jalapeno's    so how do you know when they are ready to pick? Also if you let them stay on the plant until they turn red, do they lose any of their heat.

  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    That's a good question.  I have 4 bushes in my garden that have produced well all year and are still full.  I have not noticed any difference in heat between red and green.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


     I too have many japs still on my plants and there are really hot green, red, purple, or any color they want to turn I always turn red after eating them. I don't know I have waited till they turned red to pick them thou.
  4. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Actually, you can pick japs anytime you like. Once they start turning red, the flesh will take on a sweet taste, but still have some heat. Picking size will vary on the particular strain you're growing. I would suggest you let some stay on the vine until they are bright red, any longer and they will start to go quickly. If you freeze fresh japs, they'll lose texture upon thawing. Reds are great for smoking, dehydrating, and grinding into chile powder. You can also do the same with the green ones. Was I through?
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    They are also great for ABT's just as they turn red. Might be too hot for some but for a chili head that is when they ripen. By the way, the quote above comes from a man who picked up something like 75# of hatch chilis so he knows what he is talking about  
  6. mr mac

    mr mac Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    We have two large bushes and one small (shown here just before transplanting) and I have picked them in all sizes according to our needs.  I have to admit, I too like to wait until they are red to pick for smoking as the flavor is, IMHO, much better.
  7. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  8. Thanks everone for your help. That is what makes this forum so good.