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A Guide to Peppers – Sweet

Peppers offer so much versatility in size, shape, colour, and flavour.  They are the second most popular vegetable planted in home gardens, the first being tomatoes.  We are all familiar with bell peppers, but peppers come in a multitude of varieties, some of which are sweet and others quite hot.  Most sweet peppers mature about 60 to 90 days with hot peppers taking up to 150 days to harvest.  Hot peppers are rated in Scoville heat units so you can get a sense of how hot they can be.  Sweet Bell Peppers are rated at zero and range up to ‘blow your head off’ peppers that are rated at 800,000 and above.  Peppers you may find at Glen Echo are:


California Wonder Sweet Bell Pepper

The standard bell pepper for many decades, this is the largest heirloom bell you can grow. A perfect stuffing pepper-blocky 4" x 3½", thick-walled, tender and flavorful.

Pimento Pepper

or Pimiento or Cherry pepper is a large, red, heart-shaped pepper that measures 3-4 in long & 2-3 in wide. The flesh is sweet, succulent and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper.

Green, Red & Yellow Sweet Bell Pepper

Sweet, juicy, nutritious and flavorful. Superb eaten fresh, are superb for stuffing & great on the grill! The big, blocky peppers (4-6 oz) ripen from dark green to bright red.

Shepherd Peppers

Huge, big sweet red peppers - very much like standard sweet red bell peppers in taste, thickness and colour, but somewhat juicier and because of their size very easy to work with.

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