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Dark Purple Banana Peppers

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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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By Gary12/27/2008

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.

By M.S.P. (Guest Post)12/27/2008

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.

By Holly [350]08/03/2007

Thay are just very ripe.

By Michael [1]07/28/2007

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.

By susan [5]07/28/2007

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

By badwater [242]07/28/2007

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.

By Michelle (Guest Post)07/26/2007

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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