red bell peppers
My red bell peppers are growing in green, and now the bottom half of the peppers are turning black. Does that mean they are about to turn red and ripen?
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All bell peppers start out green. They must remain on the vine awhile to ripen into red. As for the black coloration on the bottom, this sounds like blossom rot, which is normally due to a calcium deficiency. You can discard smaller peppers with blossom rot but on larger ones, simply cut off. It is still safe to eat.
Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/how-to-grow-red-peppers.htm
Some bell peppers darken to a brownish or blackish hue before they turn red. If they are not rotting or softening in that area, they are just fine. Give them time and they will probably change further. Should not effect the taste if they mature with some coloration.