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Peppers make excellent CONTAINER plants!

The soil warms faster - giving these tropical heat-loving plants a jump start in the spring.

Bigger plants faster equals more fruits sooner!

As an added bonus, you can also easily bring plants inside at the end of the season.

Peppers all winter? Yes, please!




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Alma Paprika Pepper
ALMA PAPRIKA
Two-inch, blocky fruits start out creamy white, turning to orange before finally turning shiny tomato red. Pimento-type peppers are thick-fleshed, juicy and crunchy with an intense sweet flavor which makes them great for roasting or stuffing. Fruits can be variable in pungency - the same plant can produce an array of very sweet and mild peppers as well as an occasional spicy one.

Harvest red for drying purposes and sweetest flavor. A superior choice for freezing for later use in chili or stews.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Cream > Red
ORIGIN: Hungary
SCOVILLE HU: 100 - 1000

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Aji Delight Pepper
AJI DELIGHT
A newly released aji-type pepper with a unique twist: no heat!

This easy-grow chilli developed from Peru Capsicum baccatum is becoming popular with chilli aficionados everywhere and for good reason!

Plants are extremely vigorous and easy to grow, especially in pots. Expect huge crops of large 3-4” bullet shaped peppers, which start off green and ripen to red. Pods are edible at all stages.

Delicious, fruity flavor, without the strong heat expected from Aji's, the fairly thick walled fruits are ideal for adding to salads or as a garnish to a whole range of dishes. Use them anywhere you would normally use a standard bell for added flavor!

SPECIES: C. baccatum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Peru; developed from species
SCOVILLE HU: 500





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Ashe County Pimento Pepper
ASHE COUNTY PIMENTO
TONS OF THICK-WALLED BELLS!

This open-pollinated Sheepnose type was discovered and revived by seed-saver and permaculturist, Rob Danford, in the Smoky Mountains of Ashe County, North Carolina.

At maturity, it yields an incredibly sweet, bright-red, super thick-fleshed pimento pepper measuring about 3 - 4" in diameter by 1½ inches tall.

These peppers tolerate cool evenings and morning dew better than most and are drought- tolerant, to boot, making these a great candidate for growing in a pot on your deck!

Great raw, as well as for cooking, roasting, and canning - holding a good texture and flavor. Their squat shape is ideal for stuffing.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: NC - USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0





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Beaver Dam Pepper
BEAVER DAM
Hungarian heirloom brought to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin in 1912 by the Joe Hussli family. Excellent fresh, cooked, roasted or drying (Paprika). An absolute favorite of mine.

First fruits mature 80 days after transplanting, at which point they ripen from lime-green to red. Crunchy fruits are mildly spicy, with sweet overtones. Great for making fresh batches of tangy salsas. My preferred use for these peppers is to dry them, and grind them into paprika, which I use every morning on my eggs! 

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Cream
ORIGIN: Hungary > USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0 - 800






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Big Red Bell Pepper
BIG RED
Blocky, thick-walled, sweet fruits average 3 inches tall by 3 inches wide. Fruits turn from green to red and are edible in all stages. Contrary to its name, this is a standard sized bell pepper.

Plants grow 32-48 inches in height with a slightly spreading habit.

Resistant to mosaic virus.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Bishops Crown Pepper
BISHOPS CROWN
Named for its distinct three-sided shape resembling a Bishop’s Crown, this pepper is known by many names - including - but not limited to: Chapeu de Frade, Joker’s Hat, Friar’s Hat, Orchid, Christmas Bell, Balloon, Pimenta Cambuci, Campane, Ubatuba Cambuci, Aji, to list just a few.

Plants are late-ish to mature, but when they do you can expect an abundance of them. If you're garden is protected and receives full sun these will do well in the ground in northern states. However, if at all possible, I'd suggest growing this variety in a (large-ish) pot so if necessary it can be moved up next to a southern protected wall or even indoors if necessary for fruits to fully ripen should an early fall cut short the needed heat for fruits to ripen. By no means am I trying to deter you from trying this variety - in fact, quite the opposite! I want you to be successful when growing these because I love them!

Categorized as a mild pepper because there can be a bit of 'zip' in the body of the fruits, the wings are sweet and delicious. I could discern no heat when I ate them - only delicious sweetness.

This variety is perfect for stuffing, slicing into salads and for pickling or fermenting!

SPECIES: C. baccatum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Light Green > Red
ORIGIN: Brazil
SCOVILLE HU: 0 - 500









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Bull nose Pepper
BULL NOSE BELL
Large, deep-ridged almost square fruits are very early and prolific. Bell shaped pepper ripen from green into bright scarlet getting sweeter over time. Fruits are crisp and of excellent flavor. Ribs can be quite pungent but the flesh is sweet.

Originally from India (1759), Amelia Simmons refers to these in her 1796 “American Cookery” (said to be the first American cookbook).

Grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson - it is still grown their today. Fearing Burr listed it in the 1863 edition of Field and Garden Vegetables of America, describing them as the "best and most wholesome of all pickled peppers", not only because of their mildness, but also for their thick, fleshy, and tender flesh.

These crunchy peppers are fun to eat raw and the walls are thick enough to hold a hearty dip. And, of course, they're delicious pickled.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: India > US heirloom
SCOVILLE HU: 0









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California Wonder Pepper
CALIFORNIA WONDER
The standard bell pepper for many decades, California Wonder was introduced in 1928 and is still the largest open-pollinated, heirloom bell pepper that you can grow.

The plant produces well and does well in both cool and warm weather. It consistently produces large yields of blocky, four-lobed thick-walled fruit that are mild and sweet, tender and flavorful.

Resistant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, the plant is medium tall, 24 - 28", with good foliage cover which provides good scald protection for the fruits.

Perfect for all cooking uses from salads, to stir-fries, grilling, stuffing and using in stews and casseroles.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green
ORIGIN: USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0





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CHERVENA CHUSHKA Pepper
CHERVENA CHUSHKA
This Bulgarian heirloom is traditionally used for roasting, yet is also delicious eaten fresh. Very sweet with a tiny hint of spice. Robust plants produce tapered fruits measuring 2" wide by 6" long. Fruits ripen from green to brown to vivid red. They can be eaten at any stage of coloration.

Translation of name means 'red pepper'. Traditional Bulgarian name is “Kapija” and is also known as "Chervena Chujski".

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Bulgaria
SCOVILLE HU: 0 - 500

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CORNO di TORO GIALLO (Yellow Bull's Horn)
This traditional Italian heirloom produces large 6 to 10 inch long curved "Bull's Horn" shaped fruits. When fully ripe the fruits mature to a deep orange-yellow color. They can be harvested while still green or can be left on the plant to ripen to maturity.

They have a sweet, crisp, full-bodied flavor that makes them popular among chefs and homemakers. A traditional favorite of Italy and are so popular that they have spawned an almost fanatical following. Often served fried in Italy, they are also used in salads or stuffed, grilled with olive oil or in pizza and pasta dishes. Uses for this pepper are seemingly endless.

The name of this Italian heirloom translates as ‘Horn of the Bull’.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Yellow
ORIGIN: Italy
SCOVILLE HU: 0







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Corona Pepper
CORONA
Fruits are very flavorful and very sweet. 3-1/2 inch fruits are 3- to 4-lobed but very meaty with many weighing up to half of a pound. Fruits mature to a beautiful pumpkin orange color, but are edible in all stages. They will be sweetest when fully mature.

Good foliage cover of fruits. Fruit separates easily from plant for trouble-free harvest. Mosaic resistant. This is a created variety from Holland, which has been de-hybridized.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Orange
ORIGIN: Dutch commercial - OP
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Cubanelle Pepper
CUBANELLE
Thin-walled, 6-inch long, tapered fruits have are very flavorful. They are most often picked when they are light yellowish-green in color, but can also be left to mature to orange-red.

This is an excellent choice for folks that prefer 'no heat' salsa. They are perfect roasting or frying peppers.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Light Green > Red
ORIGIN: Italy
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Emerald Giant Pepper
EMERALD GIANT
Large plants produce large amounts of blocky, thick walled, bells that are super delicious. Grown well, fruits can be huge - I have had several fruits that I could barely wrap both of my hands around! Keeping the fruits picked will increase overall yields.

This one definitely needs to be staked, as plants will be heavily fruit laden.

Roasted, stuffed and baked, or eaten fresh in salads, Emerald Giant's large, thick fleshed peppers have more vitamin C than an orange!  

(Seed stock: GRIN - PI 617085: Donated in 1963)

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: USA - Minnesota
SCOVILLE HU: 0



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Golden Medal Pepper
GOLDEN MEDAL

A kaleidoscope of elongated fruits beginning lime green ripening to golden yellow, orange and finally red. Sweet, horn-shaped, thick-walled fruits average between 4 - 8 inches in length. One of my favorite sweet peppers not only for flavor but for its productiveness!
I requested this variety from the USDA Seed Bank (GRIN - GRIF 1552) in 2013. Research uncovered that this is an old commercial variety from Bulgaria of which a  Plant Protection Patent was granted for between 1962 and 1995, with the potential of it having received a second PPP after the first one expired. In either case, the PPP is now expired.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Yellow > Orange > Red
ORIGIN: Commercial heirlooom; Bulgaria
SCOVILLE HU: 0


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Grandma Wally's Giant Redl Pepper
GRANDMA WALLY'S

Stocky, compact plants have the potential to produce some really big thick-walled bell peppers that like most begin green and mature to red. They seem thicker walled than others that I have grown and are really sweet!

I came across this variety through the SSE, member Tim Peters of Virginia. Here's what he had to say about it: " I wish I knew more about this pepper handed down from my grandmother, Grandma Wally. All I remember is these HUGE pepper plants in her garden when I was a kid, I am 56 now and I have planted these all of my adult life. Grandma Wally would carry in bushel baskets and aprons FULL of these enormous RED BELL PEPPERS. Most would be bigger than softballs. All would have thick, meaty flesh and be sweeter than sweet! Plants are still the same today in my garden, sturdy and prolific! You HAVE to try these, you WILL love them - I PROMISE!"

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Heirloom - USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0






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Jimmy Nardello's Pepper
JIMMY NARDELLO
Productive plants are loaded with glossy red 10" long peppers. This long, thin-skinned frying pepper dries easily and has such a rich flavor that this variety has been placed in "The Ark of Taste" by the Slow Food organization. Ripens a deep red, is very prolific, and does well in most areas. One of the very best for frying, having a delicious roasted apple flavor. 

This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Giuseppe and Angella Nardello, at their garden in the village of Ruoti, in the Basilicata region of Italy. In 1887 they set sail with their one-year-old daughter Anna for a new life in the USA. When they reached these shores, they settled and gardened in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grew this same pepper that was named for their fourth son Jimmy. Jimmy Nardello shared seeds with SSE, giving all members and their friends and family the opportunity to preserve this family heirloom.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL:
Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Italy > USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0






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King of the North Pepper
KING OF THE NORTH
One of the best red bell peppers for northern gardeners where the seasons are cool and short. Fruits are up to 6" long and about 4" across with thick walls and a sweet mild flavor, particularly after it ripens. Fruits begin green and mature to red. They are edible at all stages. Excellent for eating fresh or stuffing.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Large Sweet Antigua Pepper
LARGE SWEET ANTIGUA
Originating from Antigua, Guatemala, seed from this sweet pepper was first collected from a roadside produce market in the historic mountain town by folks from Baker Creek seed company. Flavor is very similar to a bell pepper but the sweetness in its red form is what has made this pepper a rising star for home gardeners. The pods are quite large and the plant itself is very tall so staking or supports may be necessary.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Antigua, Guatemala
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Leutschauer Paprika Pepper
LEUTSCHAUER PAPRIKA
Originally from Leutschau, Slovakia, it was taken to Matrafured, Hungary in the late 1800's where it continues to be grown prolifically today. It is a very uncommon variety to find in the United States.

Compact plants produce fruits that are spicy, mildly hot, and very flavorful. The fruits start out green and turn to a deep, glossy red when mature. Fruits are 2-3 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide. This variety is perfect for making your own dried paprika, the fruits having a wonderful, deep flavor. Plants grow very prolifically over a long period of time and are often covered in peppers in various stages of ripeness.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Slovakia > Hungary
SCOVILLE HU: 500 - 1000

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Manganji Pepper
MANGANJI
A long thin pepper that is a regional specialty from an area near Kyoto, Japan. It is an intentional cross between Fushimi and California Wonder bell pepper made some 80 years ago.

Plants are 24 inches tall and quite prolific. Fruity, rich, fantastic sweet flavor - especially good grilled. when either green or fully mature red. 

I received these seeds from a fellow Seed Savers Exchange member in Spain. He got his seed from a fellow who had visited Kyoto, and brought seeds back with him.

I LOVED this pepper! It eats just like a stick of candy, with very few seeds.

Known as Manganji togarashi in Japan, the long, green peppers are a regional specialty of Kyoto, and are usually eaten in the green state. Truth be told, I'm not sure why because they are so much sweeter when fully ripe (red).

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Kyoto, Japan
SCOVILLE HU: 0






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Golden Marconi Pepper
MARCONI GOLDEN 
These are the traditional Italian sweet peppers. They turn from green to a rich deep yellow. Peppers grow to about a foot long by 3" wide, on very productive compact plants.

In addition to being extremely flavorful when fresh, these peppers are particularly good fried or roasted, something done quite frequently in Italy.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Golden
ORIGIN: Italy
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Marconi Purple Pepper
MARCONI PURPLE
These deliciously sweet Italian peppers turn from green to a rich shade of purple when they ripen, adding a beautiful new color choice to the range of Marconi peppers.

Expect plentiful harvests of these peppers, which become about 6-inches long with a tapered shape ending in a blunt tip.

Delicious in salads, good for stir frying, roasting and stuffing.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Purple
ORIGIN: Italy
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Marconi Red Pepper
MARCONI RED
A delightful Italian heirloom sweet pepper. Elongated fruits taper from blocky shoulders to variable blunt or pointed ends, growing to 7 -8 inches long.  They often fruit later than regular bell peppers but taste better. Medium thick flesh and a mild, sweet and juicy flavor. This variety ripens from dark green to a rich scarlet red.

Once they come into production, plants are vigorous and quite productive, requiring little attention. Staking is suggested as the fruits do get heavy! Resistant to Potato Virus Y and Tobacco Mosaic virus.

Great for fresh use and one of the best frying peppers you will find. 

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Italy
SCOVILLE HU: 0



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Mini Sweet Bell Orange Pepper
MINI-SWEET BELL, ORANGE
Juicy, sweet, crunchy miniature orange bells are produced in profusion on rather compact plants. Perfect for eating fresh in the garden, slicing into salads, grilling or salsa. They burst with flavor and nutrition - high in vitamin C and a great source of fiber.

Perfect for snacks for children, small households and stuffing whole!

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL:
Sweet
FRUIT COLOR:
Green > Orange
ORIGIN:
USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Mini Sweet Bell Red Pepper
MINI-SWEET BELL, RED
Juicy, sweet, crunchy miniature red bells are produced in profusion on rather compact plants. Perfect for eating fresh in the garden, slicing into salads, grilling or salsa. They burst with flavor and nutrition - high in vitamin C and a great source of fiber. Perfect for children and for individuals or small families.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL:
Sweet
FRUIT COLOR:
Green > Red
ORIGIN:
USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Mini Sweet Bell Yellow Pepper
MINI-SWEET BELL, YELLOW
Juicy, sweet, crunchy miniature yellow bells are produced in profusion on rather compact plants. Perfect for eating fresh in the garden, slicing into salads, grilling or salsa. They burst with flavor and nutrition - high in vitamin C and a great source of fiber. Perfect for children and for 'Empty nesters'. Makes a great container plant.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL:
Sweet
FRUIT COLOR:
Green > Yellow
ORIGIN:
USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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NuMex Big Jim Pepper
NuMex BIG JIM
The Nu Mex Big Jim is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the producer of the largest Chile pods ever grown, with specimens in excess of a foot long not unknown.

The variety was developed in the mid 1970's by Dr. Nakayama as a result of a breeding program at the New Mexico State University (NMSU), home of the Chile Pepper Institute. Plants grow easily and vigorously and are surprisingly small in comparison to the gigantic pods growing between 24" to 36" high. Up to 30 pods may grow on a single plant. Fruits ripen from green to a deep red.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Lt Green > Red
ORIGIN: New Mexico, USA
SCOVILLE HU: 500 - 2500


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New Mexico pepper
NuMex JOE E. PARKER
COVETED HATCH CHILE!

It's so versatile! Great green chile flavor and not too spicy but has a little bit of a kick.

This sturdy New Mexican pepper produces long, smooth, pendant fruits with a mild heat. These (and other varieties) are the most popular chiles commercially grown in New Mexico; as a group they are known as 'Hatch Chiles'. Do take a minute and read the PDF below. In less than two pages, a very muddy topic becomes crystal clear.

Adaptable, this variety loves hot days and cool nights. Plants are vigorous and compact with heavy foliage to prevent sunscald. Fruits ripen from a light green to red, but are most often used green.

A must read! The Myth of the Hatch Chile

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL:
Mild
FRUIT COLOR:
Green > Red
OORIGIN:
Heirloom; USA New Mexico
SCOVILLE HU: 1000 - 2000

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Orange Giant Pepper
ORANGE GIANT
Extra large fruits start green and mature to orange. Blocky, thick walled, 5 x 8" bells, are super delicious. They are edible at all stages of ripening. Fruits will be much larger if kept well picked and grown well. Consistent moisture and a soil that is high in organic matter will produce the best fruits.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL:
Sweet
FRUIT COLOR:
Green > Orange
ORIGIN:
USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Ozark Giant Pepper
OZARK GIANT
What a pepper! This variety produces large, long bell peppers that have delicious, thick flesh, starting out green and turn bright red. Edible in all stages of maturity, they are most often eaten when green.

Productive plants and great flavor will make this old Ozark variety a favorite. The flesh is tender and leans to sweet. Fruits can get to 8+ inches long with good girth. The blossom end may get a little folded/wrinkled, especially if the plants are short of water. 

The plants get to about 32" tall, and because of the volume of fruit each plant produces sturdy stakes are a must!

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0


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Pasilla Baijo Pepper
PASILLA BAIJO
Dating back to early 1900, this pepper is actually called Chilaca when it is fresh. The name Pasilla actually refers to the chile in its dried form. Pasilla means "raisin" in Spanish, a reference to the color of a fully ripe fruit which matures into a wrinkled dark chocolate brown.

The fresh, thin walled, narrow Chilaca can measure up to 9 inches long and often have a twisted shape, which is seldom apparent after drying. It turns from dark green to dark brown as it matures and ripens. The flavor is complex - resembling dried fruit, licorice, dark chocolate with dash of smoke, thrown in.

The dried fruit (Pasillas) are the basis for the preparation of many Mexican sauces such as "mole" "mole negro" and "mole Poblano".

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Dark Brown
ORIGIN: Mexico
SCOVILLE HU: 1000 - 2,000





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Peppadew aka Malawi Piquante
PEPPADEW™
(MALAWI PIQUANTE)
I had been coveting this pepper for two years. I even became a member of a local brewery because they served these as sides. Of course, as it is on this blue big ball, membership has perks - there "might" have been given a double serving on my plate each and every time...

Before I go any further I need to give a big shout out to my dear friend Terry who owner of Secret Seed Cartel for hooking me up with seeds. She put a lot of time and energy into acquiring this variety and I thank her from the bottom of heart for sharing them with me!

A little back history:  Discovered in 1993 in South Africa, a very savvy entity decided that they were going to trademark (???!!!???) this pepper and so they did. They ran a tight operation - nothing in and nothing out (think seed). Alas, gardeners are a very seedy lot...

Low heat (I taste spicy), medium thick fleshed fruits are quite sweet and crunchy but are mostly grown to be stuffed or pickled (which is my preferred delivery method). By the way, I will include the infamous pickling recipe with all orders!

Plants prefer (require) a bit of shade, so easterly light exposure is best. Plants can potentially be beasts, but if you grow them in a pot they won't get as large. A bit slow to get up to speed, once they do you will be rewarded with dozens of golf ball sized beauties! This variety is a good candidate for over-wintering in the house.

SPECIES: C. baccatum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Light Green > Red
ORIGIN: South Africa
SCOVILLE HU: 1000 - 1500







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Greek Pepperoncini Pepper
PEPPERONCINI, GREEK
The popular Greek variety is a bit sweeter and commonly found in pizzerias tossed in salads for a crunchy, salty taste. 

Usually picked at 2 to 3 inches long, when they are still light green in color. The wrinkled peppers taper to a blunt, lobed end and are very popular for pickling. Fruits are mild and sweet with a slight heat to them, and are commonly jarred for use in Greek salads and salad bars.

Plants are compact, fairly early and very productive.

If you love a dash of spicy and love pickled things, you’re going to absolutely adore pickling your own pepperoncini! They've got that slightly sweet heat tang that brings many foods to life. They are also very tasty raw and cooked into foods, but really the pickled pepperoncini is where this chili shines the most.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Light Green > Red
ORIGIN: Europe; Greece
SCOVILLE HU: 100 - 500







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Italian Pepperoncini Pepper
PEPPERONCINI, ITALIAN
Pepperoncini hail from Europe originally, specifically Italy and Greece have deep ties to this chili. This Italian variety is grown in the Tuscany region of Italy. Bushy and vigorous plants yield copious quantities of slender, wrinkled and often curled 5-inch fruits which begin green maturing to red when they become even sweeter.

The rich taste is like a sun-dried tomato with just a tiny hint of warmth. Pepperoncini is wonderful for eating fresh, chopped in salads, served with dips or breads, or pickled. This is an Italian staple for antipasto, and they add flavor to all sorts of popular foods, from pizza and salads to sandwiches of all types.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Light Green > Red
ORIGIN: Europe; Greece
SCOVILLE HU: 100 - 500

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Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes Pepper
PUMPKIN PEPPER
A spectacular pepper from Hungary. Round fruits to 3 inches in diameter, are flat and deeply ribbed. This pepper has sweet, incredibly thick walls that stay crisp. The compact, productive plants are loaded with bright yellow-orange fruits. Pumpkin-shaped fruit are also known as the Pumpkin pepper. Plants can grow to a height of 36 inches.

Used in salads, fresh salsas, roasted, fried and stuffed. This very uncommon variety was collected at a farmers’ market in Matrafured, Hungary, but developed at Szentes, Hungary.  Also known as 'Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes'.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green to Orange
ORIGIN: Hungary
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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 Red Knight  Pepper
RED KNIGHT
Big, heavy, blocky peppers measure 4-1/2 inches long and wide, and mature from green to red.

This variety has protection against three races of bacterial leaf spot and two pepper viruses, and features a more compact plant habit than similar varieties. A great pepper, that I highly recommend!

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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 Red Ruffled Pimiento Pepper
RED RUFFLED PIMIENTO
This pimento type pepper is also known as the "tomato pepper". Dating back to at least 1865, there are few named varieties of tomato peppers that are documented heirlooms, even though this pod type was one of the most common in early American kitchen gardens.

Thick, juicy walled fruits are globe-shaped, slightly flattened with scalloped edges and grow 3 to 4" in size. Taste is very smooth and very sweet. One of the best fresh eating peppers available. The ultimate pepper for cooking, roasting and stuffing.

This variety was introduced by Seeds of Change.

SPECIES: C. annuum var. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0


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Romanian Heirloom pepper
ROMANIAN HEIRLOOM
In January of 2017, I attended a seed swap at Detroit Home & Garden in Ann Arbor, MI. There weren't a ton of 'vendors' present but one guy stood out, mostly because of his heavy accent. He was obviously a passionate seed saver, as he had many handwritten packages of seeds proudly spread out in front of him. This is where I came to acquire this variety, from that Romanian gentleman. I really did try to get more information about it but there was a definite language barrier and all he could excitedly say (mostly with his hands) was that this was 'his heirloom from home.'

Have you ever heard tomatoes being referred to as Love Apples? That's what comes to mind when you see these beautiful, thick-walled, heavy, shiny red fruits hanging from the plant - love apples! And sweet! Oh, are they sweet! Not trying to cut my own throat here but I seriously have no idea why anyone would grow a standard bell when given the chance to grow pimentos such as this variety is classified. Pimentos are so much more productive and much quicker to ripen. Give it a try. You'll understand.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Romania
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Shishito pepper
SHISHITO
Shishito peppers are an East Asian variety. They are grown mostly for roasting in their green state (immature).

On the whole, this variety is classified as a sweet/mild pepper. However, occasionally and without warning a fairly pungent pod will show up. Shishito lovers embrace this characteristic, and would expect nothing less.

Plants average 2 foot tall, do exceedingly well in containers and are extremely prolific.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Light Green > Red
ORIGIN: Japan
SCOVILLE HU: 0 - 500


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Sigaretta de Bergamo Pepper
SIGARETTA DE BERGAMO
I LOVED THIS PEPPER! I could kick myself for not getting a photo when the peppers had fully matured to RED. Uggghhh!

As you can see, fruits are very long and often curled at the tip. Thin walled fruits can grow up to 12" or even longer. Early maturing and very prolific. Compact plants. These peppers are sweet, but some have just a wee bit of spiciness, although I didn't encounter any and I ate a ton of them this past summer (2015). Called the "Cigarette Pepper", this variety hails from Bergamo, Italy.

Nearly seedless, except for near the stem, these make perfect snacks in the garden or in the kitchen. Sliced lengthwise, grill or stir fry them if you haven't eaten them all fresh.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Light Green > Red
ORIGIN: Northern Italy
SCOVILLE HU: 0




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Stocky Red Roaster pepper
STOCKY RED ROASTER
I love sweet peppers! I mean, I like really sweet peppers. In 2017, I was gifted a couple of these plants from my dear friend Vicky Tewes of Big Bone, Kentucky. She's been growing a garden for longer than I've been around and has probably forgotten more than I ever will know when it comes to market farming. She knows a LOT of people and being from Kentucky there are a lot of folks that grow their own food which is great but record-keeping isn't always a top priority, as it is with this beauty: "I dunno. We've been growing it for years..." Sigh.

If you attended TomatoFest 2017 and sat in on Vicky's cooking demonstration then you were lucky to have tasted these babies! She made some killer roasted peppers that day!

Super productive plants will definitely need strong stakes. Fruits are heavy, thick-walled and average 6 to 8 inches long and 3-inches at the widest. Make some room in your garden for this one!

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Unknown
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Strawberry Pepper
STRAWBERRY
This beauty came to me via a friend in the Netherlands. Reliably bountiful, this robust bell has a delicious, sweet flavor and crisp, crunchy texture. The 3-4 lobed fruit have moderately thick, juicy walls and turn from a glossy green to a bright red at maturity.

They flourished and survived the hail storm of 2014. Beefy bells, on 24 inch plants, that definitely needs to be staked.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Dutch
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Sunsation Pepper
SUNSATION
Plant matures sooner than most yellow sweet peppers and has thicker, juicier walls than most, as well. Considered by many to be the best tasting yellow on the market, sturdy vines yield 4 1/2 -inch, blocky, four-lobed fruits, ideal for stuffing—even when fully ripened to bright yellow.

Resistant to three types of bacterial leaf spot and to most common viral pepper diseases

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Yellow
ORIGIN: US
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Sweet Banana Pepper
SWEET BANANA
This medium sized plant produces excellent yields of tapered, thin-walled fruits which grow up to 6" long by 1 to 1 1/2" wide banana shaped fruits (hence the name) which mature from greenish yellow to red, and are pleasantly mild.

Very colorful and attractive as they ripen from light green to yellow to orange and finally to red. Very easy to grow and a flavorsome variety and a good choice for new chile growers.

Great fresh, pickled or cooked; perfect for pizza and subs.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Light Green
ORIGIN: USA
SCOVILLE HU: 100 - 900

 

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Sweet Chocolate Pepper
SWEET CHOCOLATE
Fruits are medium-sized and slightly tapered. They ripen from green to chocolate on the outside and brick red inside. Peppers do not lose their color when cooked!

Great for northern gardeners.

An early bell pepper bred by Elwyn Meader and introduced by the U of NH Agricultural Experiment Station in 1965.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Brown
ORIGIN: USA - U of NH
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Sweet Yellow Long Pepper
SWEET YELLOW LONG
Paprika-type, long (6 inches) tapered, mature from yellow to shiny red. Medium thick flesh is sweet, peppers are uniform ripening with loads of peppers in various stages on the plant at one time. Plants are erect, yet compact and produce early.

Great for fresh eating, salads, pickling and roasting.

Seed source: GRIN - PI 592807 Donated to the USDA in 1961 by the Ferry-Morse Seed Company, California, US.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Pale Yellow > Red
ORIGIN: USA - California
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Tequila Sunrise Pepper
TEQUILA SUNRISE
Carrot shaped 4-5" long peppers are borne on sturdy 12-16 inch plants which do not require staking. Fruits ripen from deep green to golden-orange. The flesh is thin, crunchy and has a sweet slightly sharp flavor when ripe. Delicious as a frying pepper, or eaten fresh.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Orange
ORIGIN: Unknown
SCOVILLE HU: 0 - 500

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Tollie's Sweet Pepper
TOLLIE'S SWEET
An heirloom, from Italy named after Phil Tolli. This sweet pepper produces large dependable yields of 4-5 inch tapered fruits which start out green and ripen to deep red. 

Plants are very easy to grow, ideal for a beginner. All-around favorite for fresh eating, frying, and canning recipes. Great added to tomato sauces.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Italy
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Trinidad Perfume Pepper
TRINIDAD PERFUME
While related to the scorching Habanero, this beauty has almost no heat. Flesh flavor is slightly sweet, however to experience the best traits they must be cooked - the heating process releases the oils which contain all the hidden flavors and aromas. A culinary delight!

Plants are very productive, producing light yellow lantern shaped pods that can get over an inch in diameter. Best used in fresh cooking, such as grilled or roasted, they can also be dried for a mild seasoning.

SPECIES: C. chinense
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Orange
ORIGIN: Trinidad
SCOVILLE HU: 0 - 500

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Wisconsin Lakes Pepper
WISCONSIN LAKES
Developed in the 1960's at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, WI by Professor O.B. Combs, specifically for northern gardeners.

Reliable yields of thick-walled, 4-6 oz. fruits that ripen from green to red. Very sweet and delicious.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Wisconsin, USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Doux Long d'Antibes pepper
YELLOW ANTIBES
Hailing from Antibes, which is located along the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. Beautiful, elongated 6 to 8 inch dark yellow fruits are thin-walled and of excellent sweet flavor.

I was surprised at how many peppers were produced on one plant.

SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Yellow
ORIGIN: Antibes, France
SCOVILLE HU: 0

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Zavory Pepper
ZAVORY
Plant produces tons and tons of 2 ¼" long by 1 ¾" wide peppers that turn from green to shiny cardinal red when mature on branching 30" plants. This petite pepper has loads of flavor with just a smidgeon of heat - just enough to put a slight tingle on the tip of your tongue.

Great in salsa, soups, and salads. Also great stuffed with cheese and baked.

SPECIES: C. chinense
HEAT LEVEL: Mild
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
ORIGIN: Wisconsin, USA
SCOVILLE HU: 0 - 100

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