How Much Hot Do Gypsy Peppers Have?
Gypsy peppers, aka Cubanelle, are an heirloom, hybrid type of a bell and sweet Italian rams horn pepper.
It grows 4 to 6 inches long and 2 inches wide in the narrow shoulders with an elongated and tapered shape to mimic a jalapeno pepper.
However, gypsy pepper is believed to be 2,500 to 8,000 times milder than jalapeños. It measures 0 SHU, meaning that the paper has no heat or spice.
Besides, the pepper offers a sweet yet slightly acidic flavor, along with mild floral notes.
They are known for sweetness and noticeable crunch with the crispy note.
With that said, gypsy peppers are rich in vitamins A and C, which are excellent antioxidants to strengthen immunity and inhibit inflammation.
Also, they provide a good source of vitamin B6 and folate and vitamin K, manganese, potassium and copper.
How Do You Know When A Gypsy Pepper Is Ready To Be Picked?
Gypsy peppers are ready to harvest and pick in 60-70 days after planting or when the plant reaches maturity.
The harvesting time depends on your preference for pepper flavor. If you desire sweeter peppers, you need to pick them when they are fully ripe.
Also, you can harvest earlier to get more bitter pepper.
You can tell the gypsy pepper is ready to harvest or pick through the following signs.
- Color: When young, gypsy peppers are yellow-green and turn out a deeper orange-red at maturity.
- Flavor: These peppers are crunchy and slightly acidic at the early stage, but they produce a sugary sweet taste with little floral notes with maturity.
- Size: Gypsy pepper’s end size in fruit is 4-6 inches long and 2 inches wide.
- Firmness: The peppers feel tough and firm when touched. If they are soft and mushy, you need to wait until firm.
How Do You Pick Gypsy Sweet Peppers?
Once gypsy peppers are ripe, you can pick or harvest them as any pepper. Get into the following steps to pick gypsy peppers.
- Inspect the peppers are ripe enough and pest-free.
- Wait for the morning to pick the peppers after the dew has disappeared.
- Take a sharp knife or shears to cut the peppers off the plant. Also, you can pluck them off manually with your hands.
- Remember not to harm the pepper plants when harvesting.
- After picking, store the peppers in a cool and dry place for later use.
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Additional Tips To Check If Peppers Are Ripe!
Maturity and ripeness come differently based on the variety and growing conditions.
However, hot peppers ripe more slowly than sweet peppers like gypsy peppers. You can check the packaging of the pepper seeds if you have purchased them from the store to get an idea of maturity time.
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