Peppers – When Do They Change Color?

Q: My bell peppers are supposed to be red and yellow. I’m getting a lot of fruit but they are all green. Are they going to turn color?

A: Bell peppers change color depending on how developed the seed inside are. When the seeds are immature, the skin is green and full of chlorophyll. As the seeds mature, chlorophyll disappears and the “ripe” color of the fruit emerges. Different varieties change color to different hues of red, orange or yellow. You can eat bell peppers at any stage but you have to wait longer if you want the peppers to change color.