ALL AMERICA SELECTIONS WINNER. This is a Fresno-type pepper, bearing brilliant red fruit that are cone-shaped and about 4 inches long. In their green stage, they are fairly similar to a jalapeno, but the mature red peppers develop more heat and a complex flavor described as fruitier and smokier. Enjoy their unique flavor in hot sauce and salsas, as well as cut up fresh on tacos. Succeeds not only in hot, dry areas, but also in a wide range of growing conditions. 75 days.
This strain from Greece is somewhat rare and prized by those who want the peppers for pickling. Because they are smaller and lighter in color than the regular Pepperoncini, homemade jars of these golden peppers look more like the commercial product. Same hot flavor as the other Pepperoncini, and the perfect additions to Greek salads. 62 days.
Hot cherry peppers start out dark green but turn to bright red when they are ready for harvest. Disease-resistant plants produce abundant harvests of these round to slightly pointy peppers. With a Scoville rating just above 1,000, these cherry peppers pack a pleasant heat and can be enjoyed as pickled peppers or as appetizers stuffed with cheese. 65 to 70 days.
4 inch long, slightly wrinkled peppers taper to a blunt, lobed end and are very popular for pickling. They have a mildly hot but exciting flavor, and are commonly jarred for use in Greek salads and salad bars. Expect an abundant harvest. 62 days.
This very productive version of NuMex 6-4 offers 6 to 7 inch thick-fleshed peppers that turn from green to red. They are relatively mild in flavor and ripen earlier than most other peppers of this type. 65 days.
This popular seasoning pepper from Peru has a hot, citrusy flavor and is somewhat rare outside of South America. Robust plants become covered with the 2 inch long peppers that contain very few seeds and ripen to a beautiful bright sunshine yellow. True to their name, when peppers are cut open, they release a pleasant aroma of fresh lemons. These are very hot and easily dried for storage. 90 days.
ALL AMERICA SELECTIONS WINNER. Awarded for its unique qualities and excellent performance, this variety offers miniature bell peppers with a spicy flavor that is a tasty blend of heat and sweet. Peppers are mostly 3-lobed, 2 inches wide and 3 inches long, turning from green to scarlet and finally to deep red. Expect abundant harvests of these peppers to use in salsas, Cajun cooking, or any recipe where you want a little kick. 60 days.
This is a tiny pea-shaped chile that is no more than ¼ inch long and wide. This variety grows wild throughout Mexico and some parts of the Southwestern U.S. They are among the hottest peppers available, measuring about 100,000 Scoville units. The plants can grow to 4 feet and are capable of living for years where the climate allows. 95 days.
This pepper from Spain is traditionally used in its immature green stage, when it is picked quite small and fried in olive oil and served as a tapa. When harvested small, peppers are mild, but get hotter as they grow. At maturity, they are about 2½ inches long and 1¼ inches wide, deep red and fiery hot. 65 days.
The name of this pepper says it all, because it is just perfect for making into homemade salsa! The heat level is in the medium range, about the same as Jalapeno. Also useful for picante sauce and various other Mexican dishes. The smooth green peppers are 8 to 9 inches long and 1 inch wide, ripening to red. 73 days.
This is popular for its use as a pickled pepper to go on hot dogs and other sandwiches. It is especially well known as an essential condiment in a Chicago-style hot dog. Peppers resemble Tabasco peppers, but are larger, about 1½ inches long and ½ inch wide. Medium-hot. 75 days.