The process where a fruit matures and becomes more edible.

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When will my tomatoes be ready to harvest?

I am planning to serve homemade tomato soup for a large dinner party on Sept 24, 2011 (42 days from this posting). This dinner is really important to me; so important, that I decided to plant my own ...
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Should I pick my peppers early or wait till they mature (ripen) on the plant?

I planted a small assortment of pepper plants a month ago, and I have a couple of small jalapeƱo and anaheim peppers hanging off of their respective plants. I'm wondering if I should go ahead and pick ...
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What kind of pepper is this and when will it be “ripe”?

What kind of pepper is this and when will it be "ripe"? The peppers are a bit larger than a cherry tomato (maybe apricot size). UPDATE: The peppers turn red after they ripen.
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Will an unevenly coloured (green) pumpkin ripen to a nice even orange?

My experience of cucurbits is mostly courgettes and cucumbers which a) don't matter too much about an even colour and b) don't sit so heavily on the ground. But with a pumpkin it's all about how it ...
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Is there actually such a thing as a ripe green pepper?

I grew what I thought was a green bell pepper (it was) from seeds that I grabbed out of a store bought green bell pepper but it ended up ripening to orange bell pepper. While doing some research ...
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Strawberries only half red

Why do my strawberries only grow half red, so the top half is nice and red and the bottom half is white? If I pick my strawberries like this can I leave them a couple of days near a window so the ...
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When should peaches be picked?

I recently discovered a peach tree at my office. It's right there, and started bearing fruit a few weeks back. Some peaches started falling off, so I picked a bunch to bring home before they fell. ...
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Butternut Squash Cross Pollinate?

I grew some butternut this year and they turned out great but one of the vines has started producing something that doesn't look like a butternut: In hunting around the closest image I've found so ...
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Is there a way to harvest my chilli peppers for the best possible heat?

We have a few chilli pepper plants (I'm afraid I don't know what kind as the seed packet was unfortunately lost) but I don't know when the best time is to pick them so that they will be as spicy as ...
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Which edible solanaceae fruits will ripen after they've been picked, besides tomatoes?

Which edible solanaceae fruits will ripen after they've been picked, besides domestic tomatoes? I already know tomatoes will ripen off the vine. I heard that tomatillos or some such won't. So, that's ...
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Will removing flowers at the end of the season make peppers ripen faster?

My poblano peppers are still producing a lot of flowers and I think they will not have time to form mature peppers. Would it help the plant to cut those flowers off now to help speed up the growth of ...
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How much time do tomatoes take to ripen?

I planted some tomato plants in August in pots with 70% soil and 30% organic vermicompost. Plants started to fruit from mid November, but even today those tomatoes are very small and green (and hard). ...
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Why are my Green Chillies Turning Red

I received some sort of green chilli pepper plant from a friend. (I don't know which kind; the flowers are small, white, and five-petalled.) Usually, when the chillies are around a handspan in ...
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Did I pick the black mondo grass seeds too early?

The seeds I picked are large and mostly black. Most of the green is not visible anymore. When I squeeze them to remove the pulp, the entire berry squashes. Can I dry them out to harden the seed or are ...