I am dehydrating my huge crop of habaneros, and making sauces, etc. I have noticed that the peppers that I let ripen to yellow, orange or red have varying degrees of brown to black inside. The seeds, inner tissue and even small protrusions from the inner skin are turning brownish black. At first I thought it was mold, but now I am not sure. Is this normal? Can I still dehydrate them, use them or should I throw them away. The green habs do not have this unless they are starting to change color. Can I cut out the brown and still use them? Thank you for your time and information.
My thought is that it is mold, probably brought on my an insect that drilled a hole in the pod and mold spores followed and grew well in the moist interior. I am copying this to Dr. Paul Bosland to see if he has any thoughts on this. No, it is not normal. Yes, you can remove the affected material and still use the pods.