A few of our NEW PEPPERS
Etiuda Bell Pepper, Orange – NEW!
80 days, Open pollinated
An exceptional open pollinated variety developed in Poland. Vivid orange bell pepper, producing loads of blocky, thick-walled, juicy fruit with rich, very sweet flavor throughout the season. Earliest fruits can be very large. Almost candy sweet when fully ripe and the under-ripe fruit are also sweeter than most. Good leaf coverage, but a shade-cloth covering is still helpful to prevent sunscald. Plants need staking because of the weight of the fruits! (Photo Credit, Right: Adaptive Seeds.)
Gypsy Queens Sweet Pepper – NEW!
80 days, Open-pollinated, Open-sourced
We’re thrilled to have this superb, early, high-performing sweet pepper available again! ‘Gypsy Queens’ comes to us from the work of Andrew Still & Sarah Kleager of Adaptive Seeds, the result of their effort at dehybridizing the classic standard hybrid “Gypsy”. It produces a profusion of elongated, tapered, bell-shaped fruits, which have excellent flavor and productivity. They start out pale yellow and mature to a warm sunny orange leaning towards red, Sweet, medium-thick flesh is great for eating fresh, and reliable plants tolerate heat, drought, as well as cool summers.
Habanada Sweet Pepper – NEW!
75 days to green, 100 days to orange, Open-pollinated
The world’s first truly heatless Habanero! Bred by organic breeder Michael Mazourek, Habanada is the product of natural breeding techniques. These exceptional snacking peppers have all of the fruity, tropical and floral notes of the habanero without any spice (even the seeds are sweet and add to the flavor). Imagine the culinary possibilities (Habanada sorbet, anyone?)! The 2-3″ long peppers are more tapered at the ends, and not blocky like the habanero, and are borne on attractive 24″ h x 18″ w tree-like plants that do well in large containers.
Nadapeno Pepper, Sweet – NEW!
55 days green, 80-90 days red
The perfect choice for those wanting the delicious and distinctive jalapeño flavors without the heat. This unique variety, bred by A. P. Whaley Seed Company, was developed by carefully selecting fruit with less heat but with all the other characteristics of jalapeños over numerous generations. Attractive fruits grow 3″ long and ripen from green to red. The sturdy plants produce heavy yields and require no gloves for processing! Plants are short and robust, growing to 18-24” tall with lots of leaf canopy that helps shade the ripening fruit. Blossoms will appear singly at first, then in bunches, followed by ripening fruit. In fertile soil, production is prolific, often topping 20-30 fruits per plant.
Petit Marseillais Sweet Pepper – NEW!
70 days, Heirloom
An heirloom sweet pepper from the South of France, these golden-orange fruits are about 5” long, 2” wide, thin-walled and beautifully wrinkled or wavy, delicious, very sweet, citrusy flavor with the mildest hint of heat. The plants are 2’ tall and consistently loaded with fruit from mid-summer to frost. Fortunately, they freeze well. They are great for a mild sauce, roasting, salads or stuffing.
Takii’s New Ace Sweet Bell Pepper – NEW!
60 days, F-1 hybrid
A very prolific and very early improved ‘New Ace’, easy to grow in short season areas. Resists blossom drop even in adverse weather so that almost every flower produces. Tasty, sweet fruits are medium-sized (~2 oz.), thin-walled, 3-lobed, have good flavor and turn red early, excellent for the home garden. Vigorous, spreading plants are abundantly productive. Resists tobacco and tomato mosaic virus
Mega Marconi – NEW!
90 days, Open-pollinated
A breeding breakthrough from Doug Jones of Common Ground Ecovillage as he de-hybridizes Giant Marconi into a more compact habit while retaining the heavy early fruit set of 2½” x 9″ blunt-tipped, tender-skinned Italian-style Lamuyo peppers. Grown in an open field in central Maine without black plastic, it produced nearly a dozen fruits per plant in trials, 35% of them ripened red on the plants and were sweet and delicious with good texture when green but mature even sweeter with a bit of a smoky undertone. Enjoy them cooked, grilled, or raw.
RETURNING FAVORITES: Sheepnose Pimiento, Jimmy Nardello’s, King of the North, Alma Paprika, Mega Marconi, Mini Bell, Sweet Chocolate, Cubanelle, Shishito, and more!
Royal Black Pepper – NEW!
85 days, Open-pollinated
A dramatic and beautiful ornamental and edible hot pepper with dark purple (almost black) stems and leaves, and the flowers are violet. Grow in full sun for best color. Small, conical, up-facing hot peppers color from black-purple to red when ripe. Heat can measure from 5,000 to 30,000 Scoville units, varying from plant to plant and pod to pod. Plants are compact and bushy, growing to 2’ tall, and make spectacular patio container plants which can be over-wintered in the house or in a greenhouse.
Aurora Hot Pepper – NEW!
60-75 days, Open-Pollinated
A brilliantly ornamental pepper from Mexico, Aurora’s compact, bushy plants are only 12” tall and wide, but they are lit up by dozens of pointy, upright, 1½” glossy fruits that look like colored Christmas lights! The peppers ripen from lavender to purple to orange and finally to red, creating an incredibly colorful show as they appear in all stages at once. Their heat measures from 30,00 to 50,000 Scoville units. The plant is perfect for container growing and the fruits make a beautiful salsa.
Hot Portugal – NEW!
65-70 days, Heirloom
One of the best hot peppers around, this sweet and spicy pepper is long with thin flesh and ripens quickly in shorter growing seasons. Sturdy upright plants produce very heavy yields of large peppers early in the growing season. Glossy vivid red elongated fruits grow 6″ or longer. Best when allowed to ripen red on the plant. They are great fresh – sauteed for soups, stews and sauces. Dried and crushed, these peppers make some of the best red chile flakes. Medium hot (5,000 to 30,000 Scoville units). If you happen to grow Jimmy Nardello’s Sweet Italian Pepper, make sure you label your plants well — Hot Portugal is a twin in every way except the hotness!
Joe’s Long Cayenne Hot Pepper – NEW!
85 days, Heirloom
Heavy yields of finger-width, thin-walled red peppers are great for fresh eating or drying and grow up to 12″ long on plants 2-3’ tall. Originally from Calabria, Italy, this variety circulated through the Italian-Canadian seed saving community in Toronto before being sent to Joe Sestito in Troy, New York. It was introduced to Seed Savers Exchange in 1996 by longtime member Dr. Carolyn Male.
Red Habanero (aka Lucifer’s Dream) – NEW!
90-100 days, Heirloom
This classic Caribbean red habanero is a fiery red variation on the common orange habanero. Fruits are extremely hot, measuring 40 times hotter than the Jalapeno! Three-foot tall plants produce enormous yields of small somewhat lantern shaped rippled peppers with a characteristic fruity flavor and aroma and average 1″ wide by 1½” long. Plants can grow to 2-3 feet and bear very heavily. As with most peppers, plants can be overwintered in warm areas or greenhouses for added production the following year.
Velarde Chile Pepper – NEW!
80 days, Heirloom
The New Mexican Native chile (Capsicum annuum), is known by the name of the community where has been grown for generations, and so is sometimes called the Chimayo, Dixon, or in this case, Velarde. Grown in northern New Mexico at 6,300’ elevation, on small plots of land, where for centuries it has been part of the local diet. This productive chile is mildly hot, typically about 4” long by 1¼” wide at the shoulders, with crinkly skin, and is eaten fresh, either red or green, and also dried whole in ristras, or ground into a coarse powder that forms the basis for regional sauces and other dishes. On Slow Food’s Ark of Taste!
RETURNING FAVORITES: Jalapeno, Chimayo, Serrano, Pasilla Bajio, Santa Fe Grande, Thai Hot, Tabasco, Early Jalapeno, Anaheim, Czech Black, Habanero, Lanterna Piccante, Sandia Hot, Bulgarian Carrot, and Mulatto Isleno.