Is this pepper ripe? Also, what kind of pepper is it?
It's from a seed packet containing all different kinds of peppers. It's small, about 2" long. It was green, and now it's very dark, almost black. So far, it's the lone offspring of the plant, which keeps flowering but not fruiting (see also, my post about tomato blossom drop - I am some sort of plant sterilizer, apparently).
Recipe suggestions that utilize one little pepper are also welcome!
Since it has turned colors, I would assume that it is mature.
In the photo, it looks like you are growing indoors, is that so? If you are growing indoors it may be that your plants are not getting pollinated by bugs, which would explain the lack of fruit.
How to use it depends on what it tastes like! With one little pepper I might slice it up in cottage cheese if it is mild. If it is very hot, I'd cook it in a dish of more than one serving that needed some heat!
It looks to me like a Chocolate Beauty Hybrid which can be 3 or 4 lobed. Here's a link
Blossoms drop when night time temperatures are below 50-55 deg F. I have a variety of heirloom peppers, just one plant of each so it is interesting to see how given the same location/growing conditions, a couple are extremely prolific and others arent. I'm in NH with peppers planted along the south side of our white painted house/concrete foundation. Behind the peppers is crushed stone against the foundation. Last year they turned red by now. What a cold wet summer it has been. I think your pepper is ripe. For one pepper I might just cook it up with some onions to top a sausage sandwich. But some kind of couscous dish would be nice, too.
Thanks so much to you both. BeaN, the pepper is growing on my balcony. During the rare occasions when the plant had two flowers open simultaneously, I tried to pollinate them myself with a q-tip. It may not have worked. But this very rainy, not very warm weather is probably also a factor.
And dfrosnh, you are close! I think it's a purple beauty (they are small):
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Peppers are self pollinating and are fine for growing indoors through the cold months and returned outside in the spring. You can get more peppers earlier from mature plants. Occasionally shake the plant to drop old leaves and encourage the pollen in the flowers to stick. Mmm, peppers!
Thanks! I didn't realize peppers could be grown indoors, but I don't think I'll bring this one in, in case any insects have taken up residence in the soil. It's been so terribly windy here that the plant gets a lot of shaking without me. Still haven't harvested that little pepper, which is bigger now.