Can you eat ghost peppers when they are green?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question: can you eat ghost peppers when they are green, why are my ghost peppers green, what color are my red peppers when they ripe, and how to ripe my unripe ghost peppers, and some recipe ideas for green ghost peppers. 

Can you eat ghost peppers when they are green?

Yes, you can eat ghost pepper when they are green. When ghost peppers are green they are unripe, they have a raw flavor, different from red peppers, which some people may not enjoy. 

Why is my ghost pepper green?

Ghost peppers are unripened peppers. When you cut the ghost pepper before it ripped. Usually, ghost pepper doesn’t turn red after having already cut them but if you give them time, they will turn red.

Ghost pepper starts green and then goes through a change of colors from orange-yellow until they turn red when they all fully mature. 

What color are ghost peppers when they are ripe?

They turn red. They are red when they reach full maturity. They go through several color changes. They start with a pale green color then turn orange-yellow until they are fully ripe, they turn red. Just be careful, you need to store them correctly because they can go overripe. 

In what colors can I find ghost peppers?

  • Red Ghost Peppers
  • Green Ghost Peppers
  • Yellow Ghost Peppers
  • Peach Ghost Peppers
  • Purple Ghost Peppers
  • Chocolate Ghost Peppers
  • Orange Ghost Peppers

Red Ghost Peppers

They grow approx 2.5 to 3.5 inches. It starts green before turning red. It is one of the hottest ghost chilies. 

Green Ghost Peppers

It’s the unripe version of the red ghost pepper. They are not as spicy as the red ghost peppers but the heat stays. 

Yellow Ghost Peppers

It has a taste like the red ghost pepper. They ripen from green to yellow. 

Peach Ghost Peppers

Is a natural mutation of the red ghost pepper. They start green and turn peach, if you leave them in the plant they can turn orange.

Purple Ghost Peppers

They have to be exposed to the sun to turn purple. Some may turn red or green if left in the plant. They are not as hot as red ghost peppers. 

Chocolate Ghost Peppers

It is another variety of red ghost peppers. They take a long time to harvest and they have a smokey flavor. 

Orange Ghost Peppers

They look like long habaneros and are the perfect choice for salsa. They taste similar to red ghost peppers but with a more citric taste. 

How to ripen unripe ghost green peppers? 

There are several methods you can use to ripen unripe ghost green peppers. Just remember, they are completely safe to eat ghost green peppers, just the flavor is a little bit different.

Windowsill Method

It is the easiest way to rip them. You just need to leave them near a window and a warm room, so they can get some sunlight. You should store them in the refrigerator whenever you think they are ready. If they begin to turn soft and the skin weird you better throw them out. 

Paper Bag Method

Put the unripe pepper in a paper bag together with ripe tomato or apple. The ripe fruit will accelerate the process. It is also important that this is done in a warm room. The cold temperature will slow down the process. 

Naturally, if you leave them in your kitchen drawer, outside the refrigerator they will ripen. Not as good as in the plant but eventually it will happen. The flavor won’t be the same as if they ripped in the plant.

How can I cook ghost green peppers?

You can just substitute red ghost pepper with green ghost pepper in any recipe

  • Make green sauce
  • Chop green peppers and add them to your salad
  • Add it to your stew or soup
  • Make a spicy salad dressing

Hot Pepper Relish Recipe

Ingredients

  • Chili Peppers: Serrano Peppers, Green ghost peppers, and Fresno Peppers
  • Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Mustard Seed
  • Salt

Boil the ingredients: Add all ingredients in a large pan; chili peppers, onion, garlic, vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, and salt, medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and bring to boiling point. 

Simmer the relish: Reduce to low heat and let it simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed into the mixture. 

Coll the pepper relish and put it in a glass jar. 

Store in the refrigerator once it is completely cold. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question: can you eat ghost peppers when they are green, why are my ghost peppers green, what color are my red peppers when they ripe, and how to ripe my unripe ghost peppers, and some recipe ideas for green ghost peppers. 

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.