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Sweet Peppers

Pepper Colors

Green peppers, bells and hot peppers such as jalapeños, in the store peppers are immature or unripe. All peppers, If left on the vine until they ripen, will turn red, orange, yellow, purple or a chocolate colo . This makes them sweeter and more expensive since they have to wait longer before picking.

There are several peppers that start out cream or white and turn red or orange when mature. This color cobination is stunning when mixed with flowers.

Different Types of Sweet Peppers

Bell Peppers These are the blocky, squarish peppers that we know and love and grew up with. They are good for stuffing and eating raw in salad. Purple Beauty, and California Wonder are good examples. This year I have plenty of Mini Bells, similar to what you get in a bag of mixed colors from them grocery store.

Other Peppers, sometimes called nn-bell heirloom and hybrid peppers, stuffing peppers, banana peppers, etc. Most of them are heirlooms.  Corno di Toro (Horn of the Bull), Sweet Banana, and Antohi Romanian are good examples. They are shaped differently, long, squatty, round etc.  One of my new faves is the Violet Sparkle, beautiful colors as it develops and ripens to a gorgeous dep red. This was the sweetest of the bunch. I thought thaat Feher Oxon Paprika was good for eating fresh. as well as crushing into Paprika.

Frying Peppers A general term for several different kinds of thin-walled, small peppers. Frying peppers, whether green, red or somewhere in between are actually very mild. and sweet. Jimmy Nardello is a lovely frying peppesr that are also good in a salad. Looks hot but it is not.

ANTOHI ROMANIAN

Plant produces high yields of 4"X 2" sweet peppers. They start pale yellow, turn orange, then red when mature. Early and sweet. J. Antohi, a Romanian acrobat, brought these seeds with him in 1991.

AURA

A beautiful deep orange color, not unlike "Glow." Tapered, thick-walled, 2-3 lobed fruits are 4-5" long, and are sweet and fruity. Medium-size plants yield well. Early and easy to grow in diverse climates.

BLOT

Fruits are elongated blocky, thick walled. When fully ripe, fruits are bright orange color with purple spots and streaks, very beautiful. Peppers are tender, juicy, sweet. High yielding.


BIG RED

Many say that this newer open pollinated variety yields better than the hybrids. You will get an abundance of 4", thick walled, very sweet red peppers. Flavor is crisp and delicious.



CALIFORNIA WONDER

Great for stuffing, slicing into rings, or eating fresh right out of the garden! These peppers are thick-walled and blocky, about 4" tall and wide, with a crisp, mild flavor and terrific sweetness. They mature from green to red on the plant.

CARMEN

Heavy-bearing on compact plants The peppers are horn-shaped, with wide shoulders and a tapering body. They turn from green to deep red, increasing their vitamin content as they redden. And the flavor is remarkable - super-sweet, either raw or cooked! Great for container.

CHERRY PICK

Yield is superb, with tall, 24",  plants setting loads of sweet, dark green fruits that mature to red, although normally harvested in the green stage. Let mature to red for a sweeter pepper and for making excellent pickled peppers. Great for stuffing as appetizers.

CHABLIS

Changes color like a chameleon, with ivory becoming pinkish-red, then reddish-orange and finally deep scarlet – but never green. Blocky, super-sweet, 4 in. by 3 in. fruits on productive, 24-in. plants.



CORNO DI TORO ESCAMILLO

AAS winner. Wonderful yellow Italian frying pepper. A refined take on the popular Corno di Toro or "Bull's Horn" peppers. Peppers average. 6" long x 2 1/2" wide.

CORNO DI TORO  - RED

An heirloom, lovingly translated to "Horn of the Bull", was imported from Italy with fruits 8 to 10' long. They are huge! Ripens to a gorgeous red, perfect in salads, grilled or sauteed.



EARLY SUNSATION

Introduced in 1900, this old time early variety was very popular in the Eastern part of the U.S. The open spreading, vigorous vines produce clusters of red, 4-5 oz. Fruits with solid, firm flesh. Very productive. Indeterminate

CUBANELLE

Peppers are a light green with a sweet flavor. When mature, they turn orange-red. Thin-walled, long, tapered peppers are perfect for roasting and frying. See recipe for Stuffed Cubanelles on our recipe page.



FLAVORBURST

A thick-walled, juicy, succulent bell pepper, that has hints of citrus. These fruits measure about 4" long and nearly as wide, with 4 thick lobes and glossy skin that turns from lime-green to deep gold. the peppery bite you expect is overlaid with a surge of pure citrus that is zesty and refreshing!

GIANT MARCONI

From Italy, this pepper's an All America Selections winner. Large, tapered fruits are 8" x 3" and can be picked green or harvested red. The fruits mature earlier to red than other varieties. They are very sweet. Grow in full sun in soil that is rich in organic matter and well drained.

GLOW

Tapered, thick-walled, 2-3 lobed fruits are 4-5" long and are deliciously sweet and fruity. Medium-size plants yield well. Early and easy to grow in diverse climates. I loved this one. Yumm.


GIANT SZEGEDI

From Hungary, this variety is very hard to find in the United States.  Short,  compact plants produce good yields of thick walled, sweet peppers that average 4".  Fruits start out white and slowly turn yellow, then orange, and finally red at maturity.  Does very well in cooler regions of the country.

GOLDEN BELL

Large, square, yellow pepper from Northern Italy. This pepper is big, round, has very thick walls & thin skin with great flavor. Has a bit of a pointed end. Ripens to a brilliant yellow/gold color.

GORDO

These peppers are huge! Large peppers have a flattened shape that resembles a "cows tongue". Strong plants hold the large fruit well and provide good cover. The fruit ripen from green to red and have good thick flesh and are two to three-lobed.

GYPSY

Gypsy peppers have a sweet flavor. Use them raw, or try frying or stuffing them. These peppers are fairly early in the garden at around 65 days. Starting out a a light yellow-green they mature to red when completely ripe.

GURNEY'S II GIANT

Good yields of very large 8" long bell peppers. Peppers are very sweet, have thick walls, and turn from green to red when mature. These are really BIG peppers!


HUNGARIAN CHEESE

This mix contains a surprise! Early maturing peppers start off dark green and mature to red, orange or yellow peppers. Flat round fruit are smooth, thick walled and are ideal for stuffing. When fully ripe they are very sweet.


HUNGARIAN CHEESE RIGHT-ON-RED

Early maturing, they go from green to red on top of prolific 18 to 24 inch plants. Fruits are flattened and round and have thick walls. Suitable for garden or container. Great for stuffing, fresh eating, canning or pickling. Use them as bowls for individual dip cups.

JIMMY NARDELLO

From the small village of Ruoti in southern Italy, this heirloom was brought to the states in 1887. They look hot but aren't. Growing 20"-24", these plants produce loads of long, thin peppers, up to 10" long. The peppers are  weet. Cook in a little olive oil, grill, fry, or chop and use raw in salsa and salads.

ISLANDER

Three-lobed, medium-size, thick-fleshed peppers with a mild, slightly sweet taste. Fruits ripen through a showy stage of violet, yellow and orange streaks, eventually turning a rich, very dark red. These are fabulous peppers!



JUPITER

Three-lobed, medium-size, thick-fleshed peppers with a mild, slightly sweet taste. Fruits ripen through a showy stage of violet, yellow and orange streaks, eventually turning a rich, very dark red. These are fabulous peppers!


KARMA

Karma got top ratings for its heavy yield, large 6" X 4" shape, dark-green-to-bright-red color, and thick walls. These TMV-resistant plants reach 25 to 35 inches tall and need staking to support their huge bounty. Scrumptious juicy, sweet flavor with no aftertaste!

KING OF THE NORTH

The most reliable sweet bell pepper for gardeners and growers with limited growing days. Sturdy plants produce early heavy yields of blocky, thick walled, 3 - 4 lobed fruits that ripen from green to red. Excellent for many uses including cooking and fresh eating.


KING ARTHUR

The best early 'green to bright red' bell for home or market gardener! Sweet, crunchy, 4- lobed fruits are thick-walled and blocky - about 4" X 4". Upright plants reach 22", with good disease tolerance. That is my hand in the picture, they grow very large!


LILAC BELL

A delicious pepper with 4" long tapered, heart-shaped fruit that are super sweet when the mature from green to bright red. This pepper is early and ripens well in the north. A flavorful variety with thick, red flesh.

LIPSTICK

A delicious pepper with 4" long tapered, heart-shaped fruit that are super sweet when the mature from green to bright red. This pepper is early and ripens well in the north. A flavorful variety with thick, red flesh.


MARCONI - PURPLE

Plant produces good yields of 6" long by 2 ½" wide sweet peppers. Peppers turn from green to purple when mature. Grow this variety to make a beautiful salad with the  red Marconi peppers. An heirloom variety from Italy.

MERLOT

Intriguing Merlot is one of those varieties that look good on paper and is even better in the garden! Rich, jewel-toned, blocky fruits have crisp, thick walls and sweet flavor. High-yielding plants mature early, growing 18 to 24"tall  disease resisitant.


MINI BELLS -  YELLOW AND ORANGE

These small, bell peppers are sweet, mild-flavored and virtually seedless. Perfect for stuffing with things like herbed cream cheese or chicken salad. I've used a traditional rice and hamburger mix.

MINI BELLS - CHOCOLATE

These small, bell peppers are sweet, mild-flavored and virtually seedless. Perfect for stuffing with things like herbed cream cheese or chicken salad. I've used a traditional rice and hamburger mix. No, they don't taste like chocolate!

MINI BELLS - RED

These small, bell peppers are sweet, mild-flavored and virtually seedless. Perfect for stuffing with things like herbed cream cheese or chicken salad. I've used a traditional rice and hamburger mix.

MINI BELLS MIXED

These small, bell peppers are sweet, mild-flavored and virtually seedless. Perfect for stuffing with things like herbed cream cheese or chicken salad. I've used a traditional rice and hamburger mix. They are sold as a mixed colors, you don't know what color it'll be.

NORTHSTAR

Prolific Italian heirloom prized for its gigantic sweet red fruits. Delicious 12" long peppers are excellent eaten fresh or fried.



PAPRIKA - FEHER OZON

Compact plants are loaded with 3-4" sweet peppers, that absolutely beautiful as they turn colors. Peppers are light yellow, maturing to orange then red when fully ripe. Dry and grind  your own paprika. Better than the paprika "dust" you find in the store!

ORANGE BLAZE

This is a lovely, sweet orange bell pepper, a AAS 2011 winner. Orange Blaze has great flavor, matures early, and shows remarkable disease resistance. They mature to a brilliant orange color!



PETITE COLOR BLEND

Perfect for snacking or appetizers and stuffing. This mix contains the full range of colors, from green and red to hard-to-find yellow, orange, white, and purple, and vary greatly in size as seen here. You never know what you are going to get!

PIMIENTO

Round red pepper with sweet, delicious flesh. Eat fresh, roasted, or pickled. You could also stuff these with cream cheese. This is the type of pepper pickled in large jars in Italian delis.


SWEET APPLE

The broad-shouldered, conical, wildy sweet peppers of this prolific variety reach 3" in length and ripen to all red on sturdy 24" plants.

PURPLE BEAUTY

Absolutely stunning purple bell pepper. Large 4-lobed, thick-walled fruits borne on sturdy compact plants. Tender crisp texture, mild sweet flavor. Holds in the purple stage for some time before ripening to a radiant purple-red.

SWEET BANANA

An AAS Bronze Medal winner for 1941 and still extremely popular. Large, pointed fruits measure 6-7" x 1½". The sweet yellow peppers ultimately turn brilliant red.


SWEET ITALIAN

Produces a heavy set of 6 inch long, conical, thick walled, thin skinned, sweet peppers that turn red very quickly. When fully ripe the fruit is amazingly tasty. perfect for munching or in salad. A bull's horn pepper. Pick green or when red ripe. Productive.

SWEET SUNRISE

Blocky, dark green bell ripens to yellow/orange. Medium-large 3- and 4-lobed fruits are blocky to slightly elongated. The flavor is both fruity and sweet. The plant is medium sized and yields well. Fruits ripen early, even in the North.

SWEET PICKLE

The perfect pickling pepper, Sweet Pickle looks as good as it tastes with colorful "Christmas tree light" fruits of yellow, orange, red, and even purple! These peppers are about 2" long, tapering to a blunt end. Thick-walled and  sweet. So pretty as they ripen into warm shades in the sunny garden!

SWEETY

Sweety produces some of the sweetest peppers. Medium size plant produces good yields of fruit that measure approximately 4"x1.25" Sweety starts green ripening to a glossy red color and have thin crunchy walls.

VIOLET SPARKLE

Unique looking pepper, great size for roasting, bbq, and fresh eating. Very sweet, crisp and thick-walled. Pointed, wedge-shaped fruit is purple streaked with pale yellow. Short plants produce a lot of fruit. From a Russian seed trader. Ripens red. Simply lovely.

YOLO WONDER

Top quality, very well shaped, thicker walls and a very blocky shape with 4 lobes. Very similar to California Wonder.This pepper has a high yield and mild taste.Turns red at maturity. Great for stuffing and salads.


YELLOW MONSTER

Gigantic, elongated yellow bell peppers can grow 8"x 4" wide! These impressive peppers are really sweet, meaty and wonderful; so pretty after they turn from green to bright sunshine-yellow.

MARCONI - red

Plant produces good yields of 6" long by 2 ½" wide sweet peppers. Peppers turn from green to red when mature. Grow this variety to make a beautiful salad with the  ouroke Marconi peppers. An heirloom variety from Italy.