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Old September 26, 2017   #1
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Default Purple chile pequin - when to harvest?

We're growing our first purple chile pequin plant in a patio box in our backyard. I'm pretty sure they're ready to harvest, but I wanted to be sure. What do you think? I'm planning to dry them in the oven and make powder. Would purple work for this or should I let them turn red?
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I'd wait until they ripen. Better flavor. But picking immature might also mean fewer/smaller seeds. Nice looking plant.
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I'd wait until they ripen. Better flavor. But picking immature might also mean fewer/smaller seeds. Nice looking plant.
So they're not ripe when purple? They were light yellow first, most have now turned purple.
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If they ripen purple they shouldn't turn red.
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I have no idea what they're supposed to do. They were on clearance at HEB with just a sticker that said "purple chile pequin", not even a stake with care instructions or anything.
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Well I would say they are ready.
mine go from green to red.
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Whether they're purple on the shelves is no indicator of ripeness. After all, the jalapeños in your store are green, no? All the purple peppers I've seen - even Black Pearl - ripen to red. Your question was "Would purple work for this or should I let them turn red?"

As I said, I'd wait, but that's only a preference. You might try some now, and wait on some to try later. IMO, you want them ripe for powder, unless you want purple powder, which could be a thing. So your call.
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Maybe I'll harvest at purple for this batch, and red for the next batch, that way I can compare the two.
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I don't think there are peppers that ripen purple (maybe some on the surface like the antho tomatoes). Would be interesting to see if they keep the purple when dry (probably not quite same taste when dried immature though).

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Really pretty pepper.
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Pretty purple, but the better flavor is in the ripe red ones.

Good idea to try both colors for the flavor you like.
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