Question: When should I pick my poblano peppers for harvest? I’m growing poblano peppers for the first time, and I’m unsure about the best time to harvest them for optimal flavor and texture. Could you please advise? – Mark N.
Gardening Channel Replies: Picking your poblano peppers at the right time is crucial for enjoying their rich flavor and ideal texture in a way that you like best. Here are a few guidelines to help you determine the best time to harvest your poblano peppers:
1. Color and Size
A good indication that your poblano peppers are ready to be harvested is their color and size. Mature poblano peppers are typically dark green and measure around 4 to 5 inches in length. Keep an eye on your peppers as they grow, and once they reach this size and color, they are generally ready for picking.
2. Firmness and Glossy Skin
Another sign of poblano pepper maturity is the firmness and appearance of the skin. Ripe peppers will have a firm texture when gently squeezed and will display a glossy sheen on their skin. If your peppers exhibit these characteristics, it’s likely time to harvest them.
3. Why You Might Wait Until They Turn Red Instead
The ideal time to pick your poblano peppers can also depend on your personal taste preferences. If you prefer a milder flavor and will eat them fresh, harvesting them while they are still green is the usual route. However, if you’re looking for them to be a little spicier, you can allow the peppers to ripen further on the plant until they turn red. Keep in mind that this may take a few additional weeks. Red ones are also often dried, at which point they are commonly called ancho chiles, an important part of mole sauce.