Pepper Corking – What is it?

By: Dan Hagan - Managing Editor

This time of year in Zone 9 peppers are one of the most popular and most prolific crops. Many growers run into what is known as Pepper Corking and incorrectly think there are problems and often give up on the pepper plant.

Corked Jalapeno

 What is Pepper Corking?

 Corking is a scaring that appears on the surface skin of a pepper, commonly on Jalapenos.  This scaring is caused by the pepper growing faster than the skin can keep up.  The skin rips and the heals leaving a small scar.

 The scars make the pepper look less appetizing, but for many pepper aficionados, corking is a sign of a great tasting mature pepper.  In many South American countries and even in Mexico Corked peppers fetch a high price at market, while they are often not sold at market here in the US due to consumer obsession with appearance.

 The only down side, some don’t even find this a downside, is that the rind of the pepper can be a bit tougher!

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