Inside Walls And Seeds Of Green Peppers Are Brown

Question From: P. Romanik - MICHIGAN
Q: Just wondering.... I grew a lot of green peppers this year. My question is--Why are they all brown inside? They are very good looking on the outside, have the weight on them that they are mature, but when sliced open, they are brown. No brown on the outside, even the seeds are browned. Some are soggy inside, but look great on the outside! What happened? It can't be from too much water-no rain this year! Some last year did that, but not too many. Is there a trick on planting them to stop this? I have given a lot away, and I warn the people that they may be brown inside, and they are surprised, because they look great on the outside! They smell great too! Would like some information, so I can get some great ones next year! Thank You

A: According to my research it is not all that unusual for seeds to turn brown if there is no mold the peppers are safe to eat. Browning of the inside walls is another matter and i have not been able find anything on it. My guess is it's excessive heat and irregular watering. Also, do not plant peppers in the same location. MSU recommends a 4 year rotation. Below is a phone number and a web address to contact the MSU Extension. I would contact them with the above questions. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.

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