Dark Purple Banana Peppers

I have a couple banana peppers that are turning a dark purple, what gives? The peppers appear fine, nice and shiny and growing strong. The stems have some darker stripes running through them. They are sweet bananas.

Hardiness Zone: 6b

Michael from Uniontown, PA

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Email to Joe the pepper guy. His email address: Pepperjoe@comcast.net. He knows A LOT about peppers! He can send you a catalog of many pepper varieties' descriptions and you can order the seeds for them. Have fun!

Michelle in Pennsylvania

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There's nothing wrong with the purple peppers, they can be eaten just like the rest of them. I'm not sure what causes them to turn that color, but they're ok. Wish I had a plate of them right now!!! grin. My Grandpa used to grow them, some would turn purple.

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I believe this to be quite common with banana peppers. I like the coloration.

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Thank you all, I wasnt really worried about it, just curious. I could not find any info. at all about it. I plan to stuff them with saurkraut and kielbasa and never look back.

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Thay are just very ripe.

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I question the "thay are just very ripe" answer. I stumbled across this forum because I have 4 healthy-looking banana pepper plants. They each have about 5-6 peppers that have started out green and have begun to turn purple. While a couple of these purple-colored peppers are 5-6" long, some are only 1-2 inches and their green is starting to be replaced by purple. These can't be ripe, can they? They still seem to be growing slightly larger every day.

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I question the "thay are just very ripe" answer. I stumbled across this forum because I have 4 healthy-looking banana pepper plants. They each have about 5-6 peppers that have started out green and then began to turn purple (a shiny purple, not a dry purple that looks like it will become brown). While a couple of these purple-colored peppers are 5-6" long, some are only 1-2 inches and their green is already starting to be replaced by purple. These can't be ripe, can they? They still seem to be growing slightly larger every day.

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