When to Pick Scotch Bonnet Peppers?


Scotch bonnet peppers are frequently used in Jamaican cooking. They are naturally hot -- hotter than most habaneros -- but removing the seeds creates a milder flavor. Scotch bonnet peppers are ready to pick approximately four months after sowing and can be used immediately or dried.

Time Frame

  • Seedlings are transplanted into the field six weeks after sowing. The peppers will be ready to pick 12 weeks after that, when they have ripened.

Examine the Pepper

  • To check that the scotch bonnet pepper is ready to pick, examine the stalk. If there is a clear line between the stalk and the pepper, it's ready for harvest. If there isn't a clear line, allow the pepper to continue growing, and check on it regularly.


  • Harvest the peppers when they are just beinning to turn yellow. The best time to pick is early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is cooler. Cut the stems from the vine with scissors. This is easier than pulling the peppers off of the vine.

Related Searches


Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

  • How to Grow Scotch Bonnet Peppers

    Love spicy foods? Consider growing your own peppers at home. While countless varieties of peppers and chiles exist across the globe, in...

  • What Are Scotch Bonnet Peppers?

    Scotch bonnet peppers have a high level of capsicum and are one of the hottest peppers. Capsicum is a chemical that runs...

  • Perennial Pepper Plants

    Whether a pepper plant is an annual or a perennial all depends on how you take care of it or the location...

  • Substitutes for Scotch Bonnet

    The Scotch Bonnet pepper's bright, colorful exterior gives it the innocuous appearance of a toothsome piece of fresh fruit. The reality of...

Related Searches

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!