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Edible Plants

Peppers, harvesting

Peppers ripe
Harvest fruits of mild peppers when they are green or red-ripe. When allowed to mature on the plant, most varieties turn red and sweeter and increase in vitamin A and C content. Cut, instead of pulling, to avoid breaking branches.

Chili pepper
Hot peppers that you plan to dry are allowed to ripen on the plant. Hot peppers turn red when ripe; they may then be cut with 1 inch of stem attached, strung on a thread, and hung in a sunny place until dry and brittle. Use a sharp knife for cutting, as the stems are tough.

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