ripe peppers and cucumbers

Asked September 16, 2019, 1:12 PM EDT

In response to a question concerning damage done by bugs to tomatoes on the vine, you told me that I could pick the tomatoes when they turn pink and let them ripen in the sun elsewhere, such as on a window sill. I now do so. Can I do the same with peppers and cucumbers or must they ripen on the stem and vine?

Charles County Maryland vegetables

1 Response

Hi - Harvest sweet peppers when they reach their full size. Hot peppers can be harvested green or when they begin to show color. Yes, similar to tomatoes, they will ripen off the stem. The same is not true for cucumbers. They should be left to ripen on the vine.