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Pepper Picking Time

October 24th, 2012 · 6 Comments

It’s that time of year again when we start harvesting our peppers, and did we have a load of them this year. With our buckets in hand Monique and I took several hours on Sunday afternoon and harvested all the peppers from twenty-four plants within the far west side raised bed.

The pepper plants included:

  • 4 Sweet Bell Peppers
  • 6 Jalapeno
  • 4 Ancho Chili
  • 4 Hungarian Wax
  • 2 Cayenne
  • 2 Anaheim

The harvested peppers filled up 17 gallons full from three 5-gallon buckets and a little over half of a 3-gallon bucket. Once the peppers were washed we started the sorting process, as you can see many of them in the three large stainless steel bowls on our kitchen prep table.

Picked peppers Sorted on the prep table

Picked peppers Sorted on the prep table

These peppers all started out from seeds in March and then transplanted the seedlings to the raised bed plot back around June.

Pepper plot spring 2012

Pepper plot spring 2012

You might ask, what are we going to do with all these peppers? Good question!

I’ve already made a batch of Chipotle peppers with the red jalapeno peppers, and will soon post a recipe on that process!

I am in the process of making a Chili Ristra with all the red chili peppers, another post on that as soon as the Ristra is completed.


Bon appetite!



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Drick // Oct 25, 2012 at 8:15 am

    whoa, and I thought Peter picked a lot of peppers….
    cannot wait for the recipes, looks like y’all have been and will be busy… take care

  • 2 Ben // Nov 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Bell peppers are my favourite (though we just call them peppers here in the UK)

  • 3 poorna@ presentedbyp // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I would love to know what peppers the long, thin green ones are.

  • 4 Ryan Boudreaux // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hello Poorna,

    The long thin green peppers are un-ripened Cayenne Peppers.

    Bon appetite!


  • 5 poorna@ presentedbyp // Dec 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Oh, actually they look very similar to the kind of peppers we get in abundance here. And oh, I guess (or rather, I hope) they are the same so I can whip up a few things with it.

  • 6 HeyWatch // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Hello Ryan, thanks for the insight about Pepper Picking Time. I personally like jalapeno because they are spicy but not that much 🙂

    Have a nice WE guys!