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This gorgeous Italian-type sweet red roasting pepper is fast become the standard open-pollinated variety for organic production. It has thick walls, excellent taste, easy-to-peel skin after roasting, and it even keeps a relatively long time after harvesting. Fruit are 4 to 6 inches long. Bred by Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds, this is an open source variety that carries the Open Source Seed Initiative's pledge, meaning neither it nor any of its descendants are to be patented or otherwise restricted. That also means you're free to use it for your own breeding projects, and we think this pepper would provide a great base for your own breeding projects — in particular we would love to see someone breed a pepper like this in orange or yellow, or an earlier-maturing version of this pepper, which likes a good long season (at least 80 days to maturity). Very short growing seasons may be pushing it with this pepper, but it can be very productive. Our seeds were grown by our friends Clint Freund and Kass McKinnon in Madison, Wisconsin. One of the photos used here comes from our friends at Adaptive Seeds, and the other from Clint and Kass. If you like excellent, flavorful, crunchy sweet red peppers, look no further!
GROWING TIPS: Start seeds indoors in March. After danger of frost transplant to garden with 14-18 inches between plants.