This is my first year gardening. I live in western Washington and it’s been a wet year…but I have several long green cayenne peppers on my plant….green not red. I fear the rains will be starting in about a week…if I pick the peppers will they ripen? And how do I dry them? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
If they are mature enough they will ripen after being picked. I usually just string them on some sewing thread with a needle and hang in a warm place with plenty of airflow. They make beautiful decoration, but if you leave them in the sun (i.e. hanging in the window), the color does fade.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.