Q: Hello Dave:
I Was giving a talk on chiles Saturday while waving one of your fine books. I had two questions which I could not answer with confidence. They were:
1. Should you always dry seeds from mature pods before seed starting?
2. Is there anything significant about possible red markings near the glands on a cut green pod? To me, this the start of color for the pod and sugars forming but was not sure.
A: Hello Jim:
Yes, the seeds should always be dried first. The red markings indicate capsaicinoids.