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I am listening to my play list….”Already Gone” by The Eagles. Good to turn up and listen. Does this date me? Album from 1974. June of that year, right after I graduated from UNI. Larry and I have known each other just for a couple of months. Rock and roll… and memories. How about you?
COLD outside this morning. Warmed up to 7 degrees with a wind chill of -15. Winter weather advisory for us till noon, then wind chill advisory till noon tomorrow. STAY safe all and stay warm. Larry is out cutting wood, but he is dressed warm.
So here are some of the peppers we will be growing this year. Any interest? What kind do you prefer to grow in your garden? Let me know. Thanks
Here is the list with descriptions after this.
Anaheim, Baron, Big Bertha, Cajun Sweet Belle, California wonder, Candy cane choc cherry, Early sensation, Garden salsa, Hungarian sweet wax, Jalapeno, King Arthur, Orange Sun, Peppi Red, Peppi Yellow, Poblano, Purple Beauty
Anaheim peppers Hot peppers
Anaheim peppers are a mild variety of chile pepper typically used in Mexican and Southwestern cooking. Mainstays of American-Mexican cuisine, canned green chiles are made from Anaheim peppers and provide a nice flavor and some added heat to a dish.
Garden Salsa Hybrid scores 3,000 Scovilles on the heat index, which gives it a nice little bite in salsa but doesn't produce so much heat that diners have to be warned before they try it. It's a great all-purpose pepper, because it does offer a nicely nuanced flavor that works in a variety of dishes.
Expect these long, skinny peppers to reach 8 or 9 inches long but just about an inch in diameter at the widest point (the shoulders). The skin is thin, glossy, and firm, protecting the succulent flesh within, you can even dry Garden Salsa Hybrid and then grind it into spice. Adaptable and generous with the yields, this is a dependable pepper you will come back to season after season in the vegetable garden. The plant's resistance to tobacco mosaic virus makes it far more likely to deliver big crops every time.
Start the seeds indoors or, in climate with short growing seasons, outdoors at least one week after last frost. If starting indoors, allow 7 to 10 weeks for the seeds to mature into seedlings large enough to transplant safely. Fertilize when the blooms appear, and water well. The fruit is most nutritious if allowed to ripen to red on the plant, but it can be picked green with full flavor.
Hungarian wax peppers are a variety of chili pepper developed in Hungary, home of paprika, another notable pepper product. These peppers are also known as hot yellow peppers or hot wax peppers, and they closely resemble the banana pepper, a relative in the pepper family.
Jalapeno M is the most popular of the jalapeno peppers. This is the one that you find in the supermarket or in your favorite spicy dish. The Jalapeno M is classified as a hot pepper, but you won't need a fire extinguisher when eating it. A very pleasant and popular pepper.
Red Sweet peppers
Baron peppers bell peppers
The aristocrat of bell peppers, bright red Baron is distinguished by high yields of blocky, 4-in. (10-cm) long fruits. Thick walled with heavy flesh, Baron is excellent for eating fresh, roasting and stuffing.
General Information: These small, pointed fruits ripen from green to red or golden yellow with incredible sweetness and rich flavor. The fruit are often seedless and are great for snacking fresh off the plant. To grow seedless fruit, isolate from non-seedless peppers. If not isolated, they will still produce larger, great-tasting fruit with just a few seeds.
Big Bertha long bell pepper
the largest elongated bell pepper available! Thick-walled, 7-inch long fruit ripen to red. Plants are disease resistant. Ideal for giant stuffed peppers. Big Bertha plants in our Alabama test garden produce 7 to 12 pounds of peppers each over a harvest season that runs from May through October. Obviously, your results will depend on care and the length of the warm season in your locale. This is a big plant, so use a tomato cage or stakes to support because when the stems get heavy with big fruit, they can break in wind or rain.
King Arthur Pepper For early production of large green or red bells.
Plants are large and early to bear big crops of large, thick walled fruits. Widely adapted. High resistance to bacterial leaf spot races 1, 2 and potato virus Y. Avg. 3,600 seeds/oz. Packet: 25 seeds.
Small sweet mini bell
Candy Cane chocolate cherry
Candy Cane Chocolate Cherry’s variegated foliage stands out among all other vegetables at a young plant size. As the plant matures, green fruit with a unique white stripe changes to chocolate and cherry red. Be sure to add this stunning variety to your vegetable program.
Mini bell pepper plant has unique, eye-catching variegated foliage.
Early-maturing fruit ripens from green and white stripes to unique chocolate and cherry red stripes.
Sweet flavour and crisp texture make it perfect for fresh eating at any stage of ripeness.
Best in containers or in-ground, with or without support.
Early Sunsation Pepper is an early-maturing, hybrid bell pepper variety that produces extra-large, bright yellow fruits with a crunchy texture and sweet flavor. Capsicum annuum. 70 days to maturity.
Golden California wonder
Golden California Wonder is the yellow version of the regular California Wonder. Easy to grow, Golden California Wonder Pepper seeds will produce lots of thick and hearty fruits; just sow them in a sunny spot with well drained soil and enjoy a bountiful harvest.
Seedless sweet peppers
The Peppi pepper collection will grow seedless fruit under the right conditions! Grow plants in isolation from other, non-seedless peppers to produce seedless fruit that makes chopping quick and easy for recipes.
These small, pointed fruits offer incredible sweetness and rich flavour.
The fruit are often seedless and are great for snacking fresh off the plant.
To produce seedless fruit, grow it in isolation from other (non-seedless) pepper varieties.
If it is not isolated, it will produce larger, great-tasting fruit with just a few seeds.
Best grown in-ground with support of stakes or a cage.
Sweet chili pepper
'Hungarian Sweet', also known as 'Sweet Banana', 'Yellow Wax' or 'Banana Chili', have tapering, six inch by 1½ inch long fruit that start out green, ripen to a light-yellow color at the harvest stage, finally maturing from golden to orange to red. Their flavor is mild (typically 0 but can reach up to 500 Scoville Units) and as with most peppers, its "heat" depends on the growing conditions and the stage of maturity at harvest. That is, the riper they are, the sweeter they are.
Although primarily used as a pickling pepper, they are also excellent stuffed with your favorite sausage or cheeses, or are used as a raw ingredient in various dishes. Diced into small chunks, they are added to relish or salsa recipes to add sweetness and to temper the heat of other pepper varieties in the mix. If you are trying to eat smartly and watch your caloric intake, banana peppers are a great choice. They are low in calories, fat, and sodium, and are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, potassium and vitamin C. Since they are mild, they are ideal for adding to as green salads in order to make them feel more filling. An "All-America Selection®" winner in 1938. Each packet contains 0.25 gram, which is approximately 30 seeds.
The Orange Sun pepper plant is a prolific and vigorous plant that will produce heavy yields of orange peppers growing to 4 to 5 inches. You can harvest at both stages to boost production and give your meals some colors, but we recommend waiting until they are orange for their sweeter flavors!
70 days — As its name implies, 'Purple Beauty' is a purple, truly beautiful, bell-type pepper. The four inch by three inch, blocky fruits, have thick, sweet, flavorful flesh. The plants are highly productive.
'Purple Beauty' is an interesting novelty to add color, and flavor, to salads or your favorite recipe. Each packet contains 0.25 gram, which is approximately 30 seeds.
I will be bringing more in from Swifts as the really hot ones like Habanero, Ghost peppers and others.
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