In light of the question Are chillies hotter when they're ripe?, in particular – @ElendilTheTall's answer. I am wondering if chilies continue to ripen after picking? If so, does capsaician continue to build up.

What is the 'peek of freshness/ripeness' for chilies? (assuming it is different for each type of pepper, but are there 'commonalities' to look for?)

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Yes, they will ripen off the vine (and gain capsaician in the process) because they are a climacteric fruit. They do this best in a paper bag, like most peppers. However, there is a limit to this because they will eventually wilt.

  • Thank you, could you expand on what a "climacteric" fruit is?
    – Cos Callis
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 0:37
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    A climacteric fruit ripens by releasing ethylene gas and is capable of ripening off the plant they come from.
    – smcg
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 1:02

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