The harvest in your garden is always fascinating. The months of waiting are finally rewarded, but time is running out! In this article I tell you when to collect banana peppers and how to do it properly.

Peppered banana Sweet peppered banana

Banana peppers

First you have to determine what kind of banana pepper you’ve grown. Some are spicy, others are sweet without heat. This is important because your goals may vary depending on the heat.

Spicy banana pepper. Banana peppers become hotter as the plant ages. It is therefore necessary to wait until the sweet pepper is fully ripe and has reached its red colour before it can be harvested.

Sweet banana pepper. Sweet banana peppers are most often used to cure or to prepare fresh food. Normally they are selected if they are immature and have a pale yellow color. You can still let them ripen red, but they’ll lose some of their crispy crust and get a little sweeter.

On selection of banana peppers

It can be difficult to harvest banana peppers at the right time. This is because they are often selected before they have reached their true maturity.

Traditionally, banana peppers are ripe before harvest when they are pale yellow and ripe (4-5 inches long). If the sweet pepper stays on the plant longer, it will remain orange and eventually turn red.

Banana sweet pepper - different colours Banana sweet pepper (green to orange and red).

Don’t exaggerate! If your pepper looks ready and you feel like it, pick it. The plant will continue to produce more peppers as the season progresses and the harvest will encourage them to do so as soon as possible.

Banana peppers can be eaten at any stage of their growth. As long as you’re willing to eat them, you can collect them. We recommend that you collect banana peppers at different stages of maturity to see what you prefer.

Banana pepper red?

Simply put: Banana peppers turn red when they are left to mature fully. This can even happen after the peppers have been harvested. It is not uncommon for the colour of the pepper on the kitchen table to change in about a week.

If you grow different kinds of peppers, you probably know that they all change colour when they are fully ripe. This also applies to banana peppers, but you will probably choose yours before it is fully converted.

Here you can find out more about picking the different kinds of peppers.

Why choose banana peppers before they are ripe?

Banana sweet pepper is not the only variety that is usually harvested young. Many peppers are traditionally picked before they change colour, including jalapeno, green peppers, serranos, chishitos and many others.

Then why pick all those peppers early? There are two main reasons for this.

One is to shorten the harvest period. This is the main reason why peppers are selected from a commercial point of view. It can still take 2 to 4 weeks before the peppers are fully ripe.

The other reason is the texture. Pre-ripened peppers generally have a crispier, clearer texture than fully ripened peppers. Ripe banana peppers have a softer skin and taste.

Turning banana pepper Orange banana pepper.

How to choose a peppered banana

Now you should feel safe picking your banana peppers. Now all we have to do is pick them up! It may sound simple (and it is), but I’d like to give some tips on collecting banana peppers.

If you harvest by hand, we believe that an upward movement is most effective. Banana peppers often have thick stems, which can make them stubborn in their attempts to get away from the plants. Hold the stem of the sweet pepper with one hand and the branch of the plant with the other, pull the sweet pepper up and away from the plant to break it clean.

Another possibility is the use of scissors or garden shears. This makes life much easier for your plants because there is no risk of branches being pulled out during the harvest. Make a clean cut at each point of the pepper stem and make sure that the twigs and leaves are not accidentally scratched.

Either way, the goal is simple: Remove the pepper from the plant. All means are good to achieve this, so do not exaggerate :).

Is banana peppers still produced?

After harvesting the whole plant you may wonder if there will be more pepper produced. The answer will ultimately depend on how many warm months you have left in your climate.

In short, banana peppers will continue to produce more peppers as they ripen. Indeed, collecting peppers in the shortest possible time will ensure that the factories start producing new peppers!

This is the main reason why we recommend that you check your plants every day in the middle of summer and harvest everything that is ripe. The plant will know that the pepper has been removed and will divert the energy to produce more.

I hope this article will help you feel safe choosing a peppered banana in your garden! We love to harvest fresh pepper and use it in the kitchen or keep it for later.

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