A show on food TV the other day said that green peppers are basically young red peppers.<br><br>
So, a red pepper would require more time on the vine (more $$) and will suffer more attrition from whatever makes peppers unsuitable for human consumption (more $$). Plus, everyone knows that red is prettier than green and therefore should have a premium cost.
On a side note, if you're ever tempted to buy those purple peppers for a hot dish, don't bother. They lose their purple color when cooked. They look like mud.<br><br>
But they're pretty on a raw vegetable tray.
Thank you for clearing that up for me.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I thought that was the reason but needed a second opinion<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
I grow my own. I can have whatever color I want. Did you know that the average tract home in SoCal doesn't have enough real estate to grow all the varieties of peppers? We had 24 varieties once, but we've narrowed it down to our favorite 3 or 4.
Here, they are not hard to grow. I can't speak for your area, though. We buy the plants (usually at Home Depot or some other Garden Shop for more varieties). We stick them in the ground, water them and they produce. Most of the time, the peppers don't even make it into the house! They are tremendously good right off the plant. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
If you can find it, look for the Gypsy Bell. They're small and very sweet!
Red peppers are fully ripe. To get fully ripe they take a lot more energy from the plant and that particular bud will not have enough energy to produce another pepper. Therefore, they reduce the useful life of the plant... making replacement more evident, thus are more expensive to grow.<br><br>
Excellent. We had great luck last year with tomatoes, and this year we want to add bell peppers and cucumbers. I always see bell peppers at Home Depot, so I'll try it this year!!<br><br>
Thanks Jenna, that is actually super neat to know!
wyrillco - have you ever grown cukes before? We did once; planted the vines, went off on vacation and came home to the worlds largest cucumbers. They were big and they were AWFUL! You have to pick cuckes early for the flesh to be crisp and moist. They get drier as they get bigger.<br><br>
If you've had good luck with tomatoes, I'm sure peppers will do fine. We have a very long growing season here because our weather is so temperate. Our tomatoes were still producing for us through December and we picked some fabulous red tomatoes in February of this year, from last spring's plants. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">