- A Description of Sweet Peppers
History: Peppers are native to Central and South America and have been grown there for over 7000 years. Columbus, thinking he had found the East Indies when he landed in the West Indies, assumed that the hot fruit he was introduced to was the highly-valued black pepper from that region and so, in yet another case of mistaken identity, gave it that name. Sweet peppers have been developed from those pungent ancestors through natural selection. Interestingly, green peppers are really only popular in North America. There is no such thing as a green pepper variety - all sweet peppers go through a green phase before turning various colours as they ripen. So a green pepper is only an unripe bell pepper. Cultivation: Peppers are heat-lovers and need to be started indoors to produce fruit in this climate. Sow seed 1/4-1/2" deep in soil-less mix in flats 7 - 8 weeks before last frost. Harden off & plant out 18-20" apart when temperatures and the soil have fully warmed. Companions: basil, oregano, parsley, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants.
- Alma Paprika Sweet Pepper
(70-80 days) Many consider this the gold standard for making your own paprika, but it's also good for fresh eating. The plant produces loads of small, thick-walled, 2" round peppers that mature from off-white to orange to red. Distinctive taste - very sweet with a bit of a bite.
- Antohi Romanian Pepper
SORRY, SOLD OUT. (78 days) This Romanian heirloom is named for Jan Antohi, a Romanian acrobat who defected to the U.S. When he finally went back to visit his family in 1991, he returned with seeds of this traditional favourite. Strong, upright plants produce heavy yields of early-maturing, 4" long, tapered fruits that ripen from yellow through orange to red. Very sweet, it is excellent raw, stuffed, roasted or fried - frying seems to heighten the sweetness. Very dependable producer that does well in the greenhouse.
- Pkt - 50 seeds: 3.00
- Bull Nose Sweet Pepper
One of the oldest peppers still available. Bull Nose was introduced in the 1850's and was a Victorian favourite. Jefferson grew it at Monticello in 1865. The blocky fruits are 3" long x 2" diameter and are often characterized by a crinkled "nose" on the blossom end. The peppers are very sweet and ripen to red.
- Buran Sweet Pepper
(90 days) This Polish heirloom is incredibly sweet and very productive. Fruits are red, three-lobed and 4" long by 3"at the shoulder. They start out green and mature to red.
- Chervena Chushka Sweet Pepper
(85 days) Bulgarian heirloom, used for roasting - but also a good sweet pepper. Bright red & very sweet flesh, almost like candy. Fruits are 6" long, ripen from green to brown to red. Does well in cold, wet weather. Limited quantities available.
- Feher Ozon Paprika Sweet Pepper
Endangered; Sustainably Grown
(80-85 days) An excellent paprika pepper that is extremely productive. Four - five inch long, tapered fruits have exceptionally sweet flesh.
- Golden Treasure Sweet Pepper
Endangered; Sustainably Grown
(80 days) An Italian heirloom pepper that is very sweet, forming 8-9" long fruits with two lobes that ripen from green to a beautiful golden yellow. The medium-thick flesh is well-suited to salads, frying and roasting.
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