Will poblano peppers ripen after picking?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Poblano peppers can continue to ripen after being picked. While they may not ripen as quickly or fully as they would on the plant, they will still undergo some ripening process when stored properly.

To ripen poblano peppers after picking, it is best to keep them in a well-ventilated area at room temperature. This allows for air circulation and prevents moisture buildup, which can lead to rotting. Avoid placing the peppers in direct sunlight or in an overly humid environment, as this can also cause spoilage.

When selecting poblano peppers, it is ideal to choose ones that are fully grown and have reached their mature size. Look for peppers that are firm, glossy, and have a deep, vibrant green color. These characteristics indicate that the peppers are at their peak ripeness and will have the best chance of further ripening off the plant.

After you’ve picked the peppers, you can place them in a small bin or basket lined with paper towels or a clean cloth. This helps absorb any excess moisture and provides a gentle cushion for the peppers. It is important to avoid overcrowding the peppers, as this can lead to bruising and quicker spoilage.

Check on the peppers periodically to monitor their ripening progress and remove any that show signs of rot or decay. As the peppers continue to ripen, you may notice changes in their color. Poblano peppers typically transition from green to a reddish-brown or almost black color as they mature. However, keep in mind that not all peppers will turn red, as some varieties are bred to stay green even when fully ripe.

The time it takes for poblano peppers to ripen off the plant can vary. Generally, it can take anywhere from one to two weeks for the peppers to fully ripen. However, this timeline can be influenced by factors such as the initial ripeness of the peppers, the temperature and humidity of the storage area, and the individual characteristics of the peppers themselves.

In my personal experience, I have successfully ripened poblano peppers after picking them. I stored them in a wooden crate lined with paper towels and placed it in a cool corner of my kitchen. Over the course of about ten days, the peppers gradually changed from a bright green to a deeper shade of green and eventually developed some reddish tinges. While they didn’t turn completely red, they were still deliciously sweet and flavorful when I used them in my cooking.

Poblano peppers can ripen after being picked, although the ripening process may be slower and not as pronounced as when they are left on the plant. By storing them in a well-ventilated area at room temperature and monitoring them for any signs of spoilage, you can successfully ripen poblano peppers and enjoy their full flavor and sweetness.