- A Description of Hot Peppers
History: Peppers are native to Central and South America and have been grown there for over 7000 years. Columbus, thinking he had found the East Indies when he landed in the West Indies, assumed that the hot fruit he was introduced to was the highly-valued black pepper from that region and so, in yet another case of mistaken identity, gave it that name. Returning with Columbus to Europe, their popularity spread until they came to North America with the early settlers. Cultivation: Peppers are heat-lovers and need to be started indoors to produce fruit in this climate. Sow seed 1/4-1/2" deep in soil-less mix in flats 7 - 8 weeks before last frost. Harden off & plant out 18-20" apart when temperatures and the soil have fully warmed. Companions: basil, oregano, parsley, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants.
- Aurora Hot Pepper
(60 - 75 days) We're thrilled to have this variety back in our selection! A beautiful, dwarf pepper (10-12"), perfect for containers and therefore for apartment dwellers. Very ornamental, its foliage is purple and green, above which sit upright 1.5" fruits that ripen from lavender to deep purple to orange and finally to red. Medium-hot.
- Beaver Dam Hot Pepper
(80 days) Hungarian heirloom brought to Beaver Dam, in the U.S. in 1929. Chunky, slightly-tapered fruits can be stuffed or eaten fresh and are mildly hot.
- Black Hungarian Hot Pepper
Rare; Sustainably Grown
(70 - 80 days) A beautiful Hungarian heirloom that is highly ornamental, with its purple-veined foliage, purple flowers and 3-4" fruits that start out black and ripen to red. Plants grow to 36". Medium-hot, great flavour.
- Bulgarian Carrot Hot Pepper
Rare; Sustainably Grown
(70 - 80 days) A very hot pepper, this plant produces a heavy crop of long fruit that resemble carrots in shape, and turn a vivid yellow-orange when ripe. Good for salsas, chutney and roasting. Growing to 18" tall, this plant would be good for containers.
- Cyklon Hot Pepper
(80 days) A Polish heirloom that produces long, tapered red fruits that are flavourful and quite hot. They dry very easily and are used as such throughout Poland. Very productive.
- Early Jalapeno Hot Pepper
(70 days) Prized for its heat. Early Jalapeno is an easy pepper to grow. The plant's compact size (2') makes it an excellent candidate for urban gardening, and it matures very early, setting fruit under cooler conditions than most other hot peppers. The short, 2-3" fruits are thick-walled and juicy and are great eaten fresh, cooked, dried, and in salsa. Although we're used to using them green, they're actually hottest when they ripen to a deep red.
- Pkt - 35 seeds: 3.49
- Trade Pack - 105 seeds: 6.98
- 500 seeds: 8.95
- 1000 seeds: 13.95
- 1 oz (approx 3500 seeds): 35.00
- Fish Hot Pepper
Pre-1870. (80 days). We're really thrilled to be able to offer this very rare variety again. This is a colourful African-American heirloom that is absolutely astounding, from the variegated foliage to the 3" long fruits that ripen from cream with green stripes to orange with brown stripes to finally red. It acquired its name from its use as the secret ingredient in seafood dishes in the Baltimore area - "secret" because it was used at its cream-coloured stage, so therefore couldn't be seen. Medium-hot.
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