Used much like a red bell pepper, fruits are very large and sweet. Flesh is thick, crisp and juicy. Pods matures from dark green to a bright red, and grows an average of 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide, roughly the size of one’s hand.
Fully mature pods are almost flat, with a slight indentation down the middle from the inner ribs. The shape is very similar to that of an elephant’s ear, hence the name. Within the walls of the pepper is a relatively large placenta with very few seeds.
Native to Serbia, though it having its origins in South America it is grown throughout the region known to some as the Balkan Peninsula, which includes: Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and other countries that were once part of the former Yugoslavia.
Widely used in a traditional Serbian preserve called ajvar. In Croatia, the pepper is called 'Slonovo Uvo'.
Highly resistant to diseases such as TMV (Tobacco Mosaic Virus).
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SPECIES: C. annuum
HEAT LEVEL: Sweet
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Red
SCOVILLE HU: 0
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