Do super hot peppers like the Big Black Mama and Carolina Reaper blister as they ripen?

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    I'm migrating this to our gardening site. I've also removed the general question - these sites tend to like specific questions. If there are related things you want to know about growing these peppers, by all means edit them in!
    – Cascabel
    Apr 22 '17 at 16:09
  • What do you mean by blister? Can you give us an example of a pepper or other fruit that does blister? Why did you think they might blister? Apr 26 '17 at 6:22

I back up Ljk2000's answer as it's never happened to me either. Even under hot sun, all I might see would be some sunscald (the plant equivalent of a sunburn).

The two peppers you linked to aren't blistered as they might look but are instead bumpy as that's the way they develope as hybrids. If they were blistered, you'd expect the skin to be raised from the flesh on the blisters. They're not. Skin and flesh are both bumpy as they were meant to be. Other peppers might be as hot (I didn't check out their 'heat rating') but they could be either smooth, bumpy or slightly ridged depending on the hybrids' DNA.

  • Thanks I appreciate the answers. The reason I ask is because I thought I was growing a few big black mama plants but the pods are smooth and orange and don't have that crazy bumpy look. I was wondering if that comes as they ripen. I'm starting to think I got the wrong seeds... these look and smell like orange habaneros. Lol Apr 23 '17 at 11:52
  • By the way thanks for getting me to the right forum. I'm new to this and haven't figured it out just yet. Apr 23 '17 at 11:54
  • @BigOPepperCompany Live and learn my friend, its better to ask. No matter what question. Its nice to have a new member, and I forgot to say, Welcome! :)
    – Ljk2000
    Apr 24 '17 at 0:15

I will simply tell you from my years of growing and learning with growing. I have grown many different types of hot peppers. Such as habanero, jalapeno, etc. Through out all the growing, and mind that I have grown MANY I have never had a problem with blistering. So my simple answer is no it shouldn't happen*. The only time I have heard this could happen is by raped ripening. But I don;t know how that is done, if even possible.

*Not implying it will not happen

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