Gorgeous little upright-growing sweet peppers ripen from green to bright purple to red-orange. The name means "Turks' Shoes of the Zips." The Zips were (and to a small extend still are) a German-speaking minority in what is now Slovakia with many centuries of tradition. They largely abandoned the area during and after World War II. They're a part of a larger minority called Carpathian Germans. Dr. William Woys Weaver got these seeds from a Zipser preacher in Hungary in 1983. It is a uniquely beautiful sweet pepper with a lovely, fruity taste. It only ripens to orange-red after spending quite a while in its purple phase. Sometimes the end has a bit of a curve, which inspired the "Turkenspitz" part of its name. This very rare pepper with a fascinating provenance is destined to become quite popular.
Start plants indoors late winter or early spring. After danger of frost, transplant to garden with 18-24 inches between plants. Trellising may help the plants, but is not necessary.