Video: When Are My Peppers Ready to Pick?

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Video Length: 1:49
Produced by: Danielle Sherry; Edited by: Cari Delahanty

Many people don't realize that all peppers start off green. For peppers to turn other shades (like red, orange, and yellow) they need to be left on the plant to mature for 30 days or longer.

Sometimes a pepper can appear to be ripening when it actually has sunscald. Sunscald often happens when a pepper plant has been blown over by wind and the leaves are no longer there to shade the peppers.

In this video, Farmer Joe Smith, of Smith's Acres in Niantic, Connecticut, clears up some misconceptions about peppers and shows us what sunscald looks like.

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