Banana - Sweet, Giant Aconcagua
I found this one under the seed category “sweet peppers” in 2009. By the picture, it looks a lot like a banana pepper...but it is as big as the person’s forearm!!! How could I not order ourselves the pepper that is “as big as your arm”?! Description says that it is light green growing up to 12” long and is produced in abundance. Also “Delicious in salads, stuffed, stir-fried or roasted and peeled.” Description states that the flavor is “as sweet as apples.” They had me at “as big as your arm!” 70 days
(From the garden of Dillon Belew, Memphis, TN)
Sweet - Bull’s Horn - Corno di Toro Rosso (green to red)
This is a standard in Italy for frying. Tall plants give large yields of “authentic Bull’s Horn” tapered and pointed style Italian peppers. I have custom grown this type for years for a customer. I thought we would finally add them to the list for 2014. 70 days.
Picture and Source: GourmetSeed.com
PIMENTO - Pritavit
This plant is described as a classic ‘pimento’ type pepper, or as a ‘topepo’ type in Italy. Deeply-ribbed, flattened fruit (2-1/2” tall X 4” wide) looks like a small little crimson red pumpkin. This type fruit is sweet and very thick-walled. With its wide, shallow shape, they also make for a nice stuffing pepper. 75-80 days until red.
Carmen Hybrid- EARLY CONE Pepper (green to red)
New for 2019! Horn shaped pepper that is very reliable and easy to grow. Expect excellent yields In a short 60
days. These out performed my best looking bell peppers in 2018. Although fruit is smaller than a large bell, these
plants sure put out a lot of good size peppers. Totally Tomato
Flexum Hybrid- EARLY CONE Pepper (ivory-yellow-orange-red)
2015 addition, 4 oz. cone-shaped peppers start out ivory then mature yellow, orange, and finally red. Peppers grow to be about 6 inches long and are thick-walled and very sweet. 65 days Source: Tomato Growers
Gypsy - Early, Cone - (yellow-orange-red)
New for 2019! Wedge-shaped fruit is 3 to 5 inches long. Grows pale yellow and matures orange-red. Expect this
plant to perform well in hot and cool regions. Quick fruit at 60 days. This one should be a colorful sweet pepper
(without the wait) that will outperform the bells, in a bit smaller package. Tomato Growers
Bell (green) - Big Bertha
We’ve grown this hybrid for three years past, and they have been pretty and huge! These are mostly 4-lobed, green fruits that can mature up to a full 7” long by 3-1/2” across. These will turn deep green to red. Plants will continue to produce all season. Resists Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Plants grow 25” to 30” tall. 70 days.
(From the garden of Melissa and Darren, Walnut Ridge, AR)
BELL (green)- 2016 Lido Lamuyo (similar to Goliath)
New for 2016. If you have been planting “Goliath” with us for the past 6 years, please try Lido Lamuyo. Fortunately, our SAME seed source was able to recommend this hybrid for very similar production and fruit. Expect elongated peppers measuring 6” by 3.5”. 75 days.
Picture and Source: Totally Tomato
BELL - Early Sunsation (green to yellow)
New for 2019! Large blocky bell peppers mature green in 70 days. Fruits turn extra sweet and golden yellow in 2
more weeks. Peppers are about 4.5” long and almost as wide. Plants are tolerant to most pepper virus diseases and 3 races of bacterial spot. Tomato Growers
BELL - Giant Szegedi (white-orange-red)
New for 2017. Seed company boasts of abundant fruit even in cooler weather, less than ideal weather. Wedge-shaped sweet pepper grows white, then deeps to orange and red when fully ripe. Originally from Hungery. 75 days Tomato Growers
BELL - Roumanian Rainbow (ivory-orange-red)
New for 2016. We accidently grew this one in 2014. Late night seed ordering had me thinking I was replenishing stock of our very hot ornamental (Bolivian rainbow). The plants weren’t the expected purple ones (but still TBC pretty). After sampling some out, customers reported a nice sweet pepper. Of course the seed packet clearly was right (when I finally read it). I ordered A LOT of seeds, so here goes: Very early, 60 day bell pepper will grow as an ivory color. Fruit develop into a persimmon orange, then finally red. Short compact plants sport varying colored peppers. Continuous fruiting of 4-5” long and very sweet bells.
Picture and Source: Tomato Growers
BELL - Purple Beauty (green - purple - red)
Estimated maturity 70 days. Blocky bells produced on short, bushy, 17 inch tall plants provide good leaf cover. Source calls these the “best purple bell pepper available,” producing as many as a dozen fruits in a season on each plant.
Picture and Source: GourmetSeed.com
Jimmy Nardello - FRYING PEPPER
2015 addition. Long, thin-skinned frying pepper dries easily. It has been placed in the “Ark of Taste” by the Slow Food organization. As this pepper’s story goes: This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Giuseppe and Angella Nardiello, at their garden in the village of Ruoti, in Southern Italy. In 1887 they set sail with their one-year-old daughter Anna for a new life in the USA. When they reached these shores, they settled and gardened in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grew this same pepper that was named for their fourth son Jimmy.
Friariello APPETIZER/FRYING PEPPER
In the past couple years we have been adding frying peppers to our list like the Padron. This is a sweet pepper new to us in 2013 to please those who do not want the heat, but like the truly flavorful quality found in little frying peppers. Per the seed company’s description, this pepper is “used throughout Italy and especially associated with the Campania region.” This pepper is recommended for a saute in olive oil with a bit of garlic. Strong production of thin skinned 4-5” long tapered peppers. 67 days.
Shishito - APPETIZER/FRYING PEPPER
These are a long-time favorite variety in Japanese markets.
The buzz of this "gourmet" pepper came to me from Martha Stewart’s website.
If you like the Padron pepper for its frying attributes (see the Padron description for cooking instructions), but don’t want the heat, this is a must have variety. Fruits of the Shishito are larger than the Padrons, measuring 1” wide and 3” to 5” long. Shiny green fruits are crisp and thin. They can be eaten raw or cooked. You will find them to taste between that of a bell pepper and a mild chili pepper.
** PADRON PEPPER - NO HEAT IF PICKED EARLY - see description under the “Hot Peppers”
** ORNAMENTAL PEPPERS - CHECK THEM OUT
We have Bolivian Purple Rainbow and Tri-fetti. Most people who grow them, do so for their cool APPEARANCE. Beware, though, they would be VERY HOT if EATEN...hence, their description can be found under ‘Hot Peppers.’
(MILD TO FLAMING) HOT PEPPERS
Padron - APPETIZER/FRYING PEPPER
This was a favorite sample from 2009, now making our list for 2010. This one has NO heat if picked very small at around an inch long...the size of a large olive. A little longer...you can expect some wonderful fine MILD flavor in this pepper. Beyond, that...they are SCORCHING! This truly can be a pepper for the WHOLE family!!!! Fry them in olive oil, blistering one side (both sides if it is a large one), then turn over, add sea salt and eat. Less than an inch, eat like popcorn. These are also known as tapas when served this way. As the plant carried different sized peppers (some big ones that escaped my prior picking) on a given picking/frying day...my husband would start eating the big ones on the plate, as I would start eating the smallest ones first. We will plant several for ourselves this year, as one plant just didn’t supply them near as quick as we could eat them. Makes a very spicy paprika if ripened and dried. 55 days.
Alma Paprika - mild, spicy
This is a thick-walled sweet pepper that can be used fresh or harvested for making paprika seasoning. The 1-2” fruits start out creamy white, then turn to orange before finally turning shiny red. In this red stage, they will have found their “hint of warmth” whereas they can be dried and ground for your own paprika seasoning. (I picked this one for 2013 solely, yes,....again.....on its striping as it matures. The creamy, almost pearlescent white/yellow, with the maturing orange/red gave it a marbled/streaking was a gorgeous in the photo.) 80 days.
Mexibell - mild chili flavor (green-chocolate-red)
Described as a “bell pepper with a mild chili flavor.” Three to four lobed fruit is short, squat, and plump. Ripens from green to chocolate to red but can be eaten at any time. Tolerant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus.
POBLANO - Mosquetero
New try for 2019! We are in search of a perfect, good growing, poblano with a little heat. This is listed with a
scoville rating of 250 to 1,500. Promises to be very productive bearing dark glossy green, two-lobed fruits
measuring 6” X 3”, thick-walled fruit. Use green for fresh poblano use or allow to ripen red and dry for later ancho use. 80-90 days. Totally Tomato
Black Hungarian Wax, mild
New PURPLE pepper for 2014. Unlike the purple jalapeno that we have listed here this year, this one is NOT AS HOT. Its description has me believing that it is comparable to a mild banana that we all know. Most that tried it have rated it high for flavor, productivity, and cooking characteristics. 75 days.
Source and picture:RareSeeds.com
Banana - Yellow Wax, Mild
We found this mild banana in 2009. It is the “Alainia, not-so-hot!” type for my mom. If you like a hot one, please try the Inferno Hot Banana (below) instead. Early, prolific, yellow pepper 2 inches wide and 5 to 8 inches long.
Banana - Inferno, Hot
Early high yielder produces big, 8” by 1-1/2” fruits with outstanding flavor - they have outstanding flavor, however, it is very hot compared to most hot bananas. Matures yellow to red. 60 days.
Banana - Wenk’s Yellow Hot - JALAPENO heat
This heirloom pepper looks like a yellow banana, but it is just as hot as an average jalapeno! Many customers refer to these as our Yellow Jalapenos so this is how we are going to list them. You will find that they have the very flavorful banana taste, but in a HOT way. Fruit is a pearlescent yellow color that matures to orange, then red. Thick waxy walled fruit used pickled, cooked or pureed into the pepper vinegar often found on sauerkraut and other PA Dutch dishes. Widely appreciated for its heritage and wonderful distinct flavor. 105 days.
Chili - Big Jim
New strain for our 2019! Medium hot fruit with a scoville rating of 500 to 2,000. Released by New Mexico State
University. Sturdy 24-36” plants yield 24-30 pods per plant which tend to ripen all at the same time. Fruits measure 10-12” long and weigh up to 4 oz. 75-80 days. Totally Tomato
Chili - Nu-Mex, Hot Sandia
New strain for 2019! This Nu-Mex type pepper is smaller and hotter than Big Jim and Joe E. Parker. 4-6” peppers turn scarlet when ripe. Approximately 5000 scovilles. 75-80 days Tomato Growers
Satan’s Kiss - Hot CHERRY Pepper
This pepper’s name, Ciliegia Picante, translates to “little cherry” but the locals call it Baccio de Satana or “Satan’s Kiss.” This premium Italian red pepper is about the size of a golf ball and not often seen in the U.S. Traditionally it is stuffed with anchovies and mozzarella then grilled. We sampled one customer’s dried, ground seasoning which was comparable (heat-wise) to cayenne, but with a distinct flavor. 85 days.
Cayenne - Thick Red, Hot
These long, slightly wrinkled, very hot peppers are especially good for pickles, canning and drying. Brilliant, fiery red peppers. Excellent for chili and homemade salsa. Two-celled fruits start out dark green, and then ripen to a bright red color. We are pretty proud of these as they can produce huge thick peppers about 10” long. 72 days.
(From the garden of Melissa and Darren, Walnut Ridge, AR)
Cayenne - Golden Yellow
New for 2014, I thought we would try this yellow maturing cayenne, to compliment the red we have had for so long. Plants are more compact and are only to reach 2 feet.
Source and picture: RareSeeds.com
Cayenne - Purple
New for 2016, I thought we would try this purple cayenne, to compliment the red and yellow we grow. All about the colors...
Jalapeno - Hot Telica - (similar to Goliath)
New for 2016. If you have been planting “Goliath-Tula” with us for the past 13 years, please try Telica. Fortunately, our SAME seed source was able to trial and secure Telica after being notified of grower’s discontinuation (of Tula). Reportedly, you can expect the same great production and fruit that have been making our jalapeno plants a TBC favorite. Expect record-breaking 6000 to 8000 scovilles (much hotter than the average jalapeno), we suggest you fireproof your kitchen before slicing, stuffing, or grilling these giant 4” beauties. Thick-walled fruits, about 1-1/2” across, mature from green to red. If you can stand the heat, you will be pleased at the size and production of this one!!! 65 days.
JALAPENO - Purple
New for 2014. As in many reviews of peppers, heat varies...this has a lot to do with the length of time it is on the plant, whereas the size and color more so related to the conditions. Some are calling this one mild, while others are saying it has plenty of heat, and a great jalapeno taste. Seriously...it is purple...!!!! Although the actual reviews are inconsistent, they are all giving this one five stars. It must be productive and worth a try. 75 days.
Source and picture: RareSeeds.com
Brazil Starfish Hot Pepper
New in 2019! Unique star shaped fruit reaches 2” in width. Ripens green to red. Vigorous vines are slow to yield, but by the end of the season, are amazingly prolific. Expect a “weeping, vine-like habit” to the plant. Fruit exhibits a wide range of heat on its fruit. Some reviews can say it is mild as a bell, but then has fruits that are much hotter than a jalapeno.....same reviewer, with varying fruit on each plant. The baccatum pepper species originates in Peru but this one was domesticated in Brazil. Rare Seeds
Fish - VARIEGATED Hot PEPPER
An heirloom considered by many to be the best variety to use when cooking fish and shellfish. Plants grow 18” to 24” with decorative green and purple foliage splashed with white variegation. High yields of very hot, pointed fruits, about 1 1/2” long. The colors range from white fruit with green stripes to orange with brown stripes. You can also get some brilliant reds and some deep purples too. We like these as they are a nice size for a hot pepper. They were great for seasoning in the kitchen in just the right portion. 90 days
Finally! Everyone requesting Tabasco will be glad I finally added it. This variety is originally from Mexico, and best known for its heat in Louisiana’s hot sauce. 2” fruit grows light yellow-green and matures a fiery red. This is the only chili pepper variety that is juicy on the inside. Fruit is most commonly used in Tabasco sauce and peppered vinegar. Tomato Growers
Habanera - Chocolate
I had some requests for habanera, so I thought we’d grow a unique color. Seed company promises very high yields of crunchy, 2-1/2” fruits with velvety brown inside and out. Of course, this one is extremely hot, but is supposed to be flavorful as well. I believe these are large compared to a typical habanera pepper. Seed company states I will get the right ‘kick’ in stir-fry, salsas, and sauces...Ha! I can’t even take my coffee hot! 85 days
Bhut Jolokia (**EXTRA CHARGE + $2.00)
This pepper is also known as Ghost Chile. It measures over one million scovilles and is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest in the world. These orange-red peppers growing to be 2-1/2” to 3-1/2” long, can be used to spice up dishes but should be used with extreme caution. We first grew them in 2011. I was surprised to see that people did actually like them and eat them...way too hot for TomatoGirl. The seeds are more expensive and the plant is slower growing, so there is a larger price on this plant. 80-85 days.
Trinidad Scorpion (**EXTRA CHARGE + $2.00)
This one is for all those crazy heat loving people...you know you are crazy...this is the new record holder for heat, 1.2 million scovilles. New Mexico Chile Institute rates this one hotter than the Bhut Jolokia...and evidently it is somewhat disputed by the crazies. I just think it looks really cool...90 days. (The seeds are more expensive and the plant is slower growing, resulting a larger price on this plant.)
Source and picture: Rare Seeds
ORNAMENTAL - Bolivian Purple Rainbow
One inch long cone-shaped peppers are very hot if eaten. Plants show varying colors of peppers all at the same time. Fruit starts purple, turning yellow, orange, then finally red. Most people growing this plant, grow it for its ornamental qualities. It is still even more unique in that it has 2-3’ tall dark purple foliage. People just like them
Ready in 80 days from setting of plants. Fruits are round to globe shaped, large when mature. Plants 2 to 2-1/2 feet tall. Tasty when picked young, about 5” long, and of glossy color. Best in rich, loose soils. Warm temps are needed to grow this crop.
New for us in 2019! Dwarf 18-24” plants are ideal for containers as well as planting in the garden. Quick
producing little (white striped) lavender eggplant produces clusters of 3-5 fruit. Said to be non-bitter. Best picked at
4” long by 1-3/4” wide, while the skin is still shiny. 50 days. Rare Seeds
New for us in 2019! Plants grow to 36-42” and 24-36” in width. Expect 3-4” white fruits in clusters. Harvest frequently to encourage setting throughout the season. Tender skins and few seeds make this an excellent choice for grilling and sautéing. 55 days. Totally Tomato
Slender Asian pale lavender eggplant that is 9 to 12 inches long. White flesh inside is both tender and mild. Skin is so thin that peeling is optional. Large and extended harvests. Seed company states that “even people who have been shy about trying eggplant will enjoy cooking and eating this one.” 65 days. Picture courtesy of Mac McAtee, NC
Description of this seed says you will “feel like you’ve hit the jackpot” for this one’s extra early maturity and high productivity. Deep purple, slender fruit, 8 inches long. Japanese variety is tender and delicious with a minimal seed cavity. 54 days.
This eggplant is named after its town of origin in Taiwan. Plant has the ability to thrive and produce continuous, large harvests despite summer heat and humidity. Slender, violet-purple eggplant become at least 12” long. Tender flesh is mild and non-bitter. Excellent for slicing in Oriental or other dishes. If you don’t typically like eggplant (as many have that bitter bite) give this one a try. I describe it to others as being mild like squash but with an eggplant flavor. 65 days.
Pandora Striped Rose
New eggplant for 2018. Medium long eggplant on strong, thornless plants. Feedback has reports of varying color schems. Some report light purple with white stripes, while others are getting white fruit with purple stripes. All seem to report great production and great mild flavor.
Tear drop shaped Italian fruit is white with soft lavender streaks outside and white, bitter-free flesh inside. Good for slicing, stuffing, or any eggplant use. Several suppliers spoke highly of it., 75 days.
Large tear drop shaped fruits become 8-9” long and about 4” wide. This is a pinkish-lavender colored eggplant compared to other light purple colored. White, mild, eggplant developed in Puerto Rico in the 1940’s. 70 days.
Rotonda Bianca Sfumata
New for 2014...it was late and I was shopping (online) while hungry, I guess. Italian heirloom is also to be mild. This one appears to be larger than the Prosperosa, but similar in shape as it is somewhat oblong. Customer reviews counted this one to be a great producer. 120 days.
Source and picture: Rare Seeds
Snake of Mugla
New for 2019! “Highly gourmet” variety from Mugla, Turkey. Slender serpentine fruit is said to be exceptionally tender and bitter-free. Baker Creek writes very highly of this seed. It looks similar to the Pingtung Long that we have offered for many years. Looks to be about 12” long in picture. Rare Seeds
Genovese Italiano Classico
We tried this one for the first time in 2010. “True pesto basil” most commonly used fresh, but also a good all-purpose basil. Imported from Italy. 68 days.
Grows in a loose, mounding habit to 12” tall. Leaves are a slender, 1-1/2” long. Hmmm...wonder how it would taste in a Bloody Mary?
Attractive lavender flowers could also land this one in a flower bed...maybe near a kitchen window?
Source and picture: TerritorialSeed.com
Plants grow 1 to 1-1/2 feet tall. Indispensable for seasoning tomato sauce. Use fresh or dry in soups, stews, with vegetables, eggs, and meats.
Tomatillo Verde (green)
A widely known variety of tomatillo. Richly flavored deep green fruit. Seed company promises huge yields. I was never a fan of commercial canned tomatillo sauce. I should have known the “real thing” was something great! Please note, that for this variety, two or more plants are needed for proper pollination.
This tomatillo is much sweeter than the green types and can be eaten right off the plant. Turns purple when ripe. Two or more plants are needed for proper pollination.