This is my first experience with these guys so I need input. We just returned from a week long vacation and these peppers tripled in size while we were gone.
I know they will turn an orange or red when they are ripe, but I want to pick the first few early just to encourage more pods. Do these look mature to you, and ready to pick? They are about 5" long and at least 1" thick, and one of them has a very small split in its side.