Peppers (Sweet)

Welcome everyone to my Sweet Pepper list! Nothing is more comforting than biting into the first real sweet pepper, straight from YOUR garden!

I have found better success growing any variety of pepper in pots. I do admit that the maintenance maybe greater, but the resulting production is 10 fold. It appears when pepper plant roots reach the walls of the pot, it tells them to get into production. I have also found that for reasons I do not understand, plants in pots appear to withstand frosts far better than those planted in the garden. 2013 was proof of that, as my (almost) finished plants froze right down with -3C in the garden and 2 years before, my plants were able to withstand -5C, in pots along the driveway. Go figure.

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Occasionally we may have “extra” seeds. Pkts. found below will be $2.50. If nothing marked...then it is “N/A”.

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  1. Aji Dulce #2 - looks like a Red Habanero BUT has little or no heat. (a hint) Popular in Latin American countries. 2″ long, chunky red, strong aromatic essence. Tall plants. 85/90 days.
  2. Albino - (aka Bullnose Albino, aka Sweet Bullnose) From India…1759. Dan J. tells me this is one rare pretty pepper. Goes from creamy to orange to red. All on short bushes. Fruits are 3″ wide at the top and 4 1/2″ long. Super sweet, thick succulent flesh. Good producer. Excellent for the north in 75 days. White peppers have been listed in seed catalogs since the turn of the century (20th).
  3. Alma Paprika Sweet - extremely productive plants, loaded with round, very thick walled peppers. The best for drying and grinding, for paprika or fresh eating. Slightly warm and very sweet. Ripens cream white to orange red. 70-80 days  
  4. Apple Sweet Pimento – (aka Heart Pimento, aka Pimento) Unusually heavy-walled pickling pepper with a heart shape. 4” x 3” w. Turns a gorgeous crimson red, when mature with smooth skin. Fruits have a stronger, sweeter and fuller flavor than standard bell peppers. Try baking to remove skins. Tobacco mosaic resistant. 55 days – green, 77 days – red ripe.
  5. Buran (Sweet) – this Polish variety is incredibly sweet and very productive. Fruits are red, 3-lobed with dimensions of 4″ long x 3″ wide at the shoulders. They start out green and mature to brilliant red. Flesh is thick. 70 days
  6. Chervena Chushka – the best performing pepper during a record setting cold/wet summer 2004 @ Heritage Farm! Bulgarian heirloom, used for roasting as well as fresh. Great sweet bright red (candy-like) fruits. 2” top to 6” long, tapered. Green to brown to red! 85 days No heat.
  7. Chinese Giant - an old fashioned bell that retains its largeness, 5″- 6″ long x 5″ wide in most cases. BUT…grows on a compact bushy plant! When the fruits mature, they turn to a glowing red and become very sweet. Fruits are thick-walled and blocky…perfect for stuffing. For one so large, early maturity and harvests at 75 days.
  8. Chocolate Beauty – Originally dev. by Prof. Meader, legendary plant breeder out of the Univ. of New Hampshire. Fruits are an impressive rich chocolate brown on the outside (and reddish/burgundy on the inside) when fully ripe. Flavor is excellent yet somehow different for this one. (As with all sweet peppers, the flavor is the best when they “color up”) 70-80 days
  9. Corne di Toro Orange – (aka Italian Bullhorn) Another long (10″) “bull’s horn” type, in my favorite color. Walls are modestly thick and super sweet and crunchy to eat when fully ripe. 68 days
  10. Corno di Toro Red – (aka Italian Bullhorn) is sweet, colorful (curved like a bull’s horn) and 8-10” long. Starts green and ends a brilliant scarlet red. Great fresh, excellent sautéed or grilled. Prolific tall plants. 68 days
  11. Corno di Toro Yellow – (aka Italian Bullhorn) is sweet, colorful and 8”-10” long. This shaped-like a bullhorn pepper starts out green, ending a brilliant gold. Great fresh, excellent sautéed or grilled. Prolific tall plants. 68 days
  12. Doe Hill – From American Appalachia? Ok, pickling ladies (and gents) Here is another super chubby, thick walled, pimento style of pepper. Only this time it is also in my favorite color of bright fall orange. Flavor is said to be sweet and fruity with crunchy texture. A long season producer on compact plants. 75 days
  13. Donkey Ears – You just can never be prepared for the names people have found to name our garden vegetables! My Micky, from Kansas says this one looks like an Anaheim chili, but is never hot. (Oh, I like that…I mean shaped like a donkey’s ears) One of the best tasting peppers, used for stuffing with cheese (she says) or to make sauce with. Plants are vigorous growers, producing lots of fruits for excited growers. She also told me “A seed saver in Minnesota found this heirloom in Butan, Bulgaria”. Can hardly wait to try it. 90 days
  14. Georgescu Chocolate – Bulgarian or Romanian heirloom? Blocky, thick-walled cylindrical dark chocolate looking fruits. Inside is a rich pinkish brown! Fairly short season for a bell-type. Grows well in cooler conditions. Nice sweet flavor for a pepper. 75 days 
  15. Giant Aconcagua - from Argentina, tapering 7” to 10” long sweet fruits…..very useful for frying. Continuous fruiting. Red with some marbling. Ready to eat at the light green crunchy stage. Delicious in salads, stuffed stir-fried, roasted or peeled! Flavor as sweet as apples. 70-75 days
  16. Giant Szegedi – originally from Hungary. Wedge-shaped sweet peppers start out white. Then deepen to orange and fully red when ripe. 4 ½” long pendant fruits. Fruits have sweet deep flesh and are produced in great abundance even under cool weather and less than ideal conditions.
  17. Golden Calwonder – Have seen this one around for some time and always thought it was a hybrid, but was in for a surprise as it is in fact is OP. Very thick walled, meaty, tasty, sweet, squarish-shaped 4″ long and wide pepper! Grown upright on bushy plants. Excellent production and super great for fresh eating and frying. yellow/Gold.
  18. Golden Marconi – Italian sweet 3 lobed sweet 12” long pepper! Traditionally used for frying. Yields tremendous clear golden fruits in 90 days.
  19. Golden Treasure – an Italian heirloom, that forms long 8″ to 9″ tapering, golden-yellow fruits which start out green & ending in deep golden yellow delicious-ness. These are 2-lobed (compartments). Flesh is sweet, medium thick & tender…great for salads, frying or roasting. Rare and hard to find.
  20. Gourmet – Said to be from Switzerland. Wow! What is it this year? A gorgeous large brilliant orange “bell shaped”, 4 to 5 lobed, thick walled pepper. Flavor can only be the sweetest and juiciest of all. Texture is very crisp (considering you will harvest them fresh from compact plants…) Ready in 80 days
  21. Gypsy Yellow – an AAS winner. Unique in earliness, appearance and color. Medium-sized plants love heat and well-rotted animal manures for continuous production. Abundant fruits are 5”L x 2 ½”W, pale yellow in color, medium-thick walled. I use mine for meat and rice stuffing, as their mild flavor does not override the flavor of what goes inside. A personal favorite for many years. Rich source of Vit. A & C. 65 days
  22. Hungarian Budapest Tomato - Obtained seeds from Irene Belejsza of Garson, Manitoba, who received it originally from her brother-in-law who lives in Budapest, Poland. A beefy pickling meaty “tomato” pepper with thick sweet walls in a “squashed” form, that starts out dark green, changes to yellow, orange and finally red. Sometimes all 4 colors are displayed on a plant at one time! Long season producer.
  23. Hungarian Yellow Sweet Banana – banana-shaped, waxy-yellow, later changing to deeper gold and then red. Fruits mature to 6″ – 8″ long. Stocky plants produce well…heavy yields. Avoid high nitrogen soils, as it will turn this one into a testosterone infused monster plant with no fruits! 80-90 days
  24. Jimmy Nardello’s Sweet Cayenne – This variety was originally from Basilicata, a southern region of Italy. It rec’d its name from a seed saver named Jimmy Nardiello, whose 4th generation ancestors brought seed with them as immigrants from the port of Naples in 1887 to Naugatuck, Connecticut….according to “Ark of Taste, Slow Food”] Deep scarlet red, long 1″ x 10 – 12″, a very popular “frying” type in many Italian kitchens. They are slightly wrinkled and bear a curve near its tip. High yielding 24″ plants to be expected. 80 days 
  25. Jupiter – So I heard you want to grow your very own large Red bell peppers? Well, now you can! Here, on compact plants will come some of the finest, largest 4 to 5 lobed lunkers you have ever seen. Growing the best right here in the North! Remember they will start out deep emerald green and when finally ripe (and at their sweetest…) be deep red. Early at 70 days!
  26. Keystone Giant – Another large bell with classic sweet bell pepper taste. These fruits will reach 5″ long with 3 to 4 lobes having a blocky appearance. As is so typical of “Bell” types, flesh is sweet, juicy, crunchy and thick. Plants will perform anywhere offering loads of fruits. 75 to 85 days
  27. King of the North – seed stock came from Fedco Seeds of Maine. Undoubtedly, the best red bell pepper for northern gardeners, where the season is cool and short. Nice blocky fruits, very sweet. No heat. 
  28. Lilac – Wow!…an “open pollinated” version! A beautiful amethyst/lavender 4-lobed sweet bell pepper, growing to approximately 3″ x 4 1/2″ rectangular. Inside is light, almost white-skinned, sweet & juicy flesh. Fruits start out green, change to white, then lilac and finally red when dead ripe! Plants grow to 30″. Needs lots of sunshine, moisture and warmed rich soils.Will do better if grown in pots, due to its need for heat. Get your orders in early! 80 days
  29. Lipstick – Very popular conical shaped sweet pepper offering crunchy, thick flesh and sweet flavor, better than some Bells. Fruits will grow up to 4″ with a squarish shape, tapering toward the tip. Should we guess at the color? 75 to 85 days
  30. Mandy’s Sweet Giant – I have been growing this one for a few years. Fruits are heavy, large and conical shaped with a gentle point. Its flesh is quite thick, juicy and sweet. Starts out green then changes to orange and finally red. Its best flavor is when it finishes with red. Plants are quite large too. A late season type.
  31. Mandy’s Mini Sweets mix – I can assemble an equal amount of the 3 listed below in one packet….36seeds. For those “purists” see individual color pepper packets below..   Pkt…$2.50
  32. Mandy’s Mini Sweets Orange – Here are a variety of small sweet and juicy “wedge-shaped” peppers…2 1/2″ long x 1″ wide. Excellent for stuffing, baking and colorful salads. These will be purely orange. Plants are about 18″ tall. Very easy to grow.   Pkt…$2.50
  33. Mandy’s Mini Sweets Red – as above, but packets will contain only a scarlet red version of the above.  Pkt…$2.50
  34. Mandy’s Mini Sweets Yellow – as above, but packets will contain only the purist deep yellow version of the above.   Pkt…$2.50
  35. Marconi Red Sweet - an Italian heirloom that has grown by leaps & bounds in popularity on this N.A. continent. Fruits are capable of growing to 12″ long x 3″ wide (a true hand-ful!) They start out emerald green maturing to fire-engine red. Very sweet and wonderful roasted. Plants grow so tall, they need to be staked! 55-70 days
  36. Marconi Rosso – an Italian Ram horn producing great tasting, thick-walled very juicy sweet 4 lobed fruits. Ripens from dark green to dark red, 3” wide, tapering down to 7” long .
  37. Mate’s “Red Tomato” Pepper – the seed from this variety was originally brought over from Croatia and given to me by one of their country man…Mate Paulic in the late 1980’s. A heirloom grown almost ALL over Europe, primarily used for roasting and pickling, due to its very fine sweet thick walls. These can be pickled by stuffing with sauerkraut or raw cabbage and processed in its own brine! Delicious! 75-90 days
  38. Miniature Chocolate Bells – These are only one of a group of 3 that were given to SSE by Lucina Cress, of Ohio, a family heirloom. Lucina & her friends stuffed these wee pepper fruits with fresh cabbage, which they later pickled and canned. Then they sold the pint jars each year at their church fundraiser. Plants are short & stocky at 16″, covered with 2″ bell-shaped fruits that have between 2 to 3 lobes, with excellent flavor. They all start out green, then change to either red, brown (chocolate) or yellow and later turn reddish. 75-90 days
  39. Miniature Red Bells – see story above…
  40. Miniature Yellow Bells – see story above…
  41. Odessa Market – Russian heirloom. A very dependable early producer for some folks’ cool summers (? Mulch roots) 4” tapers ending a deep red with meaty texture. Does very well in containers. ? days
  42. Orange Bell – Heritage Farms say this one is the best tasting orange pepper they have ever grown. An ordinary name for an extraordinary pepper variety! The 3-4 lobed fruits are large, thick-walled with excellent sweet flavor. Plants are very productive, producing loads of fruit that ripens to a beautiful brilliant orange color. 75-85 days
  43. Orange Sun- Blocky 3 or 4 lobed squarish bell peppers that are 3 1/2″ x 4-5” long. Thick sweet walls! Striking deep orange color. Excellent for salads, stir-fries where gorgeous color is necessary.  
  44. Paprika Pepper – Finally the large red variety that is so famous for making our favorite paprika spice ! These can grow from 6 to 8″ long and are originally from Hungary, where we know the best of these have grown for a long time! Known for its unique spicy/sweet flavor, paprika of commerce.
  45. Purple Beauty – The first time I actually saw a purple pepper, I thought I was in heaven! This variety produces loads of these beautiful deep purple blocky bells on compact bushy plants. Crisp texture & mild sweet flavor…very popular with everyone. Stays purple right till last day! 75 days   Pkt…$2.50
  46. Purple Marconi – a new color choice for this old reliable Italian pepper. Fruits are 4”-6” long coming to a tapered blunt end. They start out as light green and end as a rich shade of purple brown. Plentiful harvests for frying. 90 days
  47. Quatrato D’Asti Giallo – this grand yellow bell pepper is a sight for yearning sore eyes! Everyone loves “BIG”…and here is the one to love! The largest fruited variety known! Blocky, with thick walls, outstanding flavor…spicy-sweet and rich! This Italian heirloom offers also huge yields! They know how to grow big peppers, in a country famous for food! A real WINNER! Fruits start out green, turning to gold. 70-80 days
  48. Quadrato D’Asti Rosso – A grand baby of the red bell peppers! Cousin to the one listed above. Flesh is thick, rich and sweet, excellent for frying, stuffing and just plain fresh salads! Another one very popular in Italian markets. 70-80 days
  49. Red Belgium – a family heirloom from Belgium. Short productive plants. 3 1/2″ fruits are wedge-shaped bells, with pointy ends.These start out pale yellow, then turn to orange and finally to a deep red. Can be eaten at any stage. Flavor is different from ordinary sweet bells, yet still very delicious. Try stuffing with various cheeses and serve fresh. An early variety at 70-85 days
  50. Red Ruffled – One of the largest heavily ruffled/ribbed peppers I have ever seen. Could be mistaken for a ruffled red tomato! Fruits are squat, too…3 1/2″wide x 2″ deep. Flavor is strong, excellent & sweet. Flesh is thick and meaty for this variety. What a great presentation on a plate for your guests! 75-85 days
  51. Romanian Sweet Rainbow – colorful bell peppers start out as ivory…orange then red when ripe. All 3 colors possible on one plant. Very striking! 4”-6” blocky, long and sweet. Great production and continuous fruiting on compact plants. 60 days
  52. Round of Hungary – obtained from Zollingers Seed out of Switzerland. Specialty pimento cheese pepper. Ribbed, flattened fruits mature at 75 days with thick, sweet delicious flesh. Great stuffers, cooking and salads. 55 days-green 75 days-red
  53. Sheepnose Pimento – looks more like a red tomato than a pepper. Very sweet and thick-walled variety. Very popular in Europe as the red pickle pepper used in sauerkraut stuffed pepper pickles. Deep red 3” X 2” fruits mature on compact plants. A specialty…. “cheese” pimento pepper. 75 days
  54. Socrates (hyb) – impressive pepper, wonderful for eating fresh and in salads. Heavy walls also perfect for European pickle jars. Lobed-4 blocky bells (bulky) 4 ½” long and 4 ½” wide very large, thick-walled and sweet. Try stuffed pepper dishes. Green to red. Vigorous and great disease resistance. Once the seed for this is gone, I will no longer offer it. Only 68 days.
  55. Sweet Cayenne (A’s) – found an amazing frying pepper that is sweet with no heat! Long cayenne-shaped fruits that grow to ONE foot and turn crimson when mature. Very productive plants with loads of thin-walled crinkly fruit…perfect for all your stir-fry needs! ?Can be dried? Let me know. Only 75 days
  56. Sweet Chocolate - these fruits are different than typical bells. A scrumptious elongated, thin-skinned bell that ripens to a deep chocolate brown on the outside and maroon (cola red) on the inside. Others say thick-fleshed. Cold hardy (not frost proof!) Medium sized semi-bells. Plants are very productive. Not like other typical “chocolate” type peppers. 58-86 days
  57. Sweet Pickle – compact plants crowned by a profusion of upright 2” x ½” peppers in colors of yellow, red, orange and purple…ALL at once! Chunky clusters make a spectacular display. Highly ornamental, yet very edible and sweet. Perfect for red pickles. Can you imagine these in their various colors, pickled in a clear glass jar? 75 days
  58. Sweet Red Stuffer - a heirloom stuffing pepper from the gardens of Amish vegetable grower, Ester Smucker of Indiana. The seed was passed down from her grandmother, whom she fondly remembers growing these in Lancaster, Penn. in the 1950’s. Cutiest little mini-bell-shaped…only 1″ to 2″ across! Ester uses them to make wonderful stuffed, pickled peppers. These can also be used in their green stage, before they turn brilliant red. 70-85 days
  59. Trinidad Perfume – a wonderful seasoning spice pepper from Trinidad. Looks like “Mushroom Yellow Cap” BUT has NO heat! (Nice trick to do on your friends…is to eat one AFTER making a bet!) However it has delectable smoky pepper flavor, making it so special for Caribbean dishes. Pendant fruits are 1 1/2″ x 1″ when mature, turning a glowing sunshine yellow. Tall plants with many fruits. 80-85 days
  60. Yolo Wonder – Here we have a popular version of the “California Wonder Bell” peppers. Fruits tho are larger, squarish with 3 or 4 lobes. Flesh is sweet, thick with crisp texture and lots of juice. Classic sweet Bell pepper flavor. Plants will grow to 2 feet. 75 days