Recent Customer Question:
Can you eat a jalapeno that has black seeds?
Yes, as long as you don't see any mold!
If peppers have black seeds inside,
there are a few reasons this could happen:
1. Immature Seeds
2. Seeds can turn brown or black if picked and not used right away.
3. Seeds can turn black if exposed to air
Seeds on peppers can also sometimes turn dark or black after getting exposed to air after cutting open the pepper. Usually this happens with immature seeds. So if you're chopping up peppers for pickles or salsa and you see some of the seeds turn brown or blackish, this is normal. Sometimes pepper seeds (especially immature ones) can turn dark brown or black upon exposure to air. These are still safe to eat, but you can discard if desired (compost them!)
2. Rocoto Peppers have Black Seeds
So of course these peppers and seeds are fine to eat.
Many peppers varieties will have Black seeds for the above reasons.
You could make hot sauce or other pepper recipes with your peppers
to use them while they're extra fresh.
Or, you can wash, dry, and then freeze peppers whole – which is a great way to save them for use over the winter months to spice up salsas, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, soups, stews, pastas, stir fries and more.