Each year my hot peppers grow and look great until they begin to ripen,
turning what ever color it is that they turn. Then the get these crack
lines on the exterior. They still taste great just don't look great.
What causes these cracks?
Jalapenos? They normally crack a bit when they mature.
Otherwise, all I could suggest would be to be careful with water. Aim for
consistant moisture: don't let the plants get very dry and then flood them
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
Scroll down to the bottom, there is a picture of ripening
jalapenos with corking. Is that what you're seeing? If it is,
it's normal in some peppers. Some sites claim that corking is
desirable in Mexico, where the jalapeno originated, but no so
desirable to more appearance conscience Americans.
You have proven yourself to be the most malicious,
classless person that I've encountered in years.
On Sun, 04 Jun 2006 21:55:47 -0500, in rec.gardens.edible Justin
I seriously doubt that what grew in the wild had a whole lot of resemblance
to what we grow (or buy) today -- anymore than the wild forbears of a
guernsey milk cow has the same certain physical attributes.
Some varieties of hot chile are pretty close to wild - as I understand
it, the pequins are pretty close to the root stock, more-or-less
undomesticated "bird chiles" that have been adopted in recent decades
by varietal fanciers.
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