When To Harvest Banana Peppers

Banana peppers are a favorite of many gardeners. They’re easy to grow and very flavorful, but they do need some attention during the growing season. One of the questions you may have as a gardener is when to harvest banana peppers.

Banana peppers can be harvested at any time during the growing season, but they will be sweeter if picked when they are young. The longer they stay on the plant, however, the hotter they will become. You can pick them at any size from just a few inches long to several inches long or more.

If you want to keep your plants producing all summer long you need to make sure that you harvest regularly so that there is always something new on the vine for picking every day or two. If you leave too much fruit on the plant at one time it could cause it to stop producing new fruit because it will not have enough energy left over after producing so much fruit at once.

When Is The Best Month To Harvest Banana Peppers?

When you should harvest your banana peppers depends on what you want to do with them. If you plan on using them fresh, then August through October would be a good time to do so. The peppers taste their best when they’re young and tender, so if you plan on cooking with them or turning them into relishes and pickles later on in the year, wait until they look ready before harvesting.

If all else fails and it doesn’t seem like any of your banana peppers have ripened yet, don’t worry—you can still get some use out of them! You can pickle them whole in vinegar brine for a crunchy snack that will last over the winter months (or longer). Or maybe try roasting some slices of red pepper with olive oil and garlic salt until they’re soft enough to melt in your mouth? It’s up to you!

Can You Harvest Banana Peppers Too Early?

You can harvest banana peppers when they are 3-4 inches long. If you harvest them before they have reached this size, they will not be ready for eating and the taste will be bitter.

The best way to tell if a banana pepper is ready for harvesting is to check if it has developed its distinctive curved shape and started turning yellow in color (younger peppers will be green). If your plant doesn’t produce any fruit or only produces one or two fruits, try providing more water and fertilizer during growth as well as removing any dead leaves from around the base of the plant.

How to Harvest Banana Peppers

There are many ways to harvest banana peppers. The most common way is to pick the fruit off the plant and put it into a container. However, this method can be tedious and time-consuming if you have a large number of peppers to harvest.

If you are growing banana peppers in a garden, it is best to use a mechanical picking device such as a hand-held picking tool or a reacher tool that has been modified with hooks on the end of the handle.

Another option is to cut down the plant and hang it upside down by its stalk until it is dry. The fruit will fall off itself when it’s ready to be harvested. This method is good if you want to save your crop for later use or if there is no way for you to reach all of them by hand or with a mechanical picking tool.

You should consider using an organic solution like insecticides or pesticides to kill any pests that may be damaging your plants before they reach maturity so that there will be no need for post-harvest treatment after they have been picked or harvested.

Storing Banana Peppers After Harvesting

There are several ways to store banana peppers after harvesting them. The first option you have is to freeze the banana peppers. This is a good option for those who want to keep their homegrown produce longer and don’t mind having frozen food in their freezer at all times.

If you want to keep your banana peppers fresh and not frozen, you can wash and dry them before putting them in an airtight container or jar with a tight lid. The container should be placed somewhere cool like a basement or pantry area of your home so that they do not spoil quickly due to heat exposure or sunlight exposure.

The last option for storing banana peppers is to dry them out by putting them on a rack in an area where they will receive plenty of air circulation but no direct sunlight or heat exposure like inside a cabinet or closet. This will take longer than freezing or canning, but it will allow you to enjoy fresh homegrown produce even during colder months when fresh vegetables may not be available locally.


Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of when to harvest banana peppers. As we’ve discussed, there are several factors that affect when you should harvest your peppers—including weather conditions and the maturity of the plant. When in doubt about when to harvest, just remember what we said earlier: don’t rush! The best time for harvesting these delicious vegetables is when they reach their peak size and flavor—and then enjoy them fresh from the garden!