The open pollinated Giant Aconcagua and Red Marconi are prolific thin walled sweet peppers. The hybrids Cubanelle and Gypsy are are similar. All of these can be used green or red as you would bells. They're much more prolific and less prone to sunscald in my opinion.
Many people complain that bells are more difficult to grow. I've only grown 2, the hybrid Gatorbelle and an unknown I received in a trade called Redskin. They do well enough but need more fertilizer than the others to maintain some size. I've never grown one of those big ones like they have in the grocery stores. I don't know if it's my fault or that those varieties don't get real large.
My favorites are Gypsy and Carmen this year for sweets. I wish I could get Jimmy Nardello to grow for me. For the mild, the Senorita Jalapeno is pretty good so far. I also like Numex Joe E Parker, but it may be mild or hotter depending on how much water it gets I think.
I start all my peppers from seed using Critter's method. This year I am growing them all in 5 gal. grow bags. They have done so well that way, I'll probably use them again next year.
BajaBlue - Thank You dear. Sorry to hear you had to leave our beautiful valley. I am a transplant here so I am aquiring a taste for some heat but, have a llllllllooooooooonnnnnnnggggg way to go. Do love to make chili rellenos and am always in search of a good Ancho for that or pablano for Tamalas. Thanks!...Did not know about the water thing at all.
Twiggy- You're Everywhere! ;o) Your suggestions sound great. I like the thin walled idea. The Bells I wouldn't really care about size so much as flavor. Thanks honey.
Smokemaster - cute! ...lol...That little sweet sounds yummy and the real milds sound like something I need to look into (the search is on! ;o)) I did not no about the change in heat with roasting and waxes when you left then to ripen longer...only get that from someone who's grown them...thanks!
Becky - Thanks for kicking in especially with the hint on the Joe E Parker specifically. That's nice to know to watch if I try that one.
You guys have been amazing so far...anyone else? I've got a dozen sticky notes I need to type out to put in a journal of some kind before I get completely lost...lol...Hugs and Thanks so much...keep em coming...
Not exactly sweet, but not hot either, is Holy Mole! Has a wonderfully smoky flavor that serves well in Mexican dishes, and is very prolific. I also like the Aconcagua and Cubanelle, and last year's Pont du Paris totally Wow'd us. Just kept going and going and going...
My favorite is Tollies Sweet. Here in Maine, it can be tough to grow peppers to maturity.
Very Productive, great flavor, and is one of the few to reach the red stage in Maine by the time frost hits.
It is an OP, so you can save seed if you are so inclined.
Another good one is Gypsy. Very prolific and good taste. Can be thrown into anything you are cooking for supper.
I have grown both the Red Marconi and Chervena Chuska.
The years I grew them, they did not produce yields even close to what I get from Tollies. But, we have a very small window of warm season, so that can make a difference.
The Marconi had very few fruits, but I plan on trying the Chervena again. I love red peppers.
Another one I am growing this year is Sweet Pickle. I got it in a trade and expected a small ornamental, but it is very prolific and now I am wondering if there are more than one varieties with this name because the peppers are quite large, not ornamental size. This I think is the canning/pickling variety.
I may be saving those seeds.
The same bug that bites us with the tomatoes seems to bite us with peppers. LOL
Thanks for the word. I think I need to put those on my wish list. My neighbor invited me over to see her flower bed this evening and I discovered she'd been holding out on me. I rescued a few pods of what looks like that 5 color ornamental that I can't remember the name of just this minute. I know I must have some kind of illness compelling me to collect all this stuff.
I got the Pont du Paris from the Seed Library in upstate NY. Check them out as they are a very worthy organization. Membership is only $10 a year, and they are trying to save and share many local and special heirlooms. They have regular "sales", then they also have their Library, where you check out seeds and return them at the end of the season, from your own saved seed. Very cool, and they have some fun varieties.
Loooong and sweet, great for stuffing and cooking and eating fresh. And I do have some seed that I saved last season, so I can send you some if you want to d-mail me your addy. (Even if you're in the exchange - it helps for me to have a "flag" for my poor memory!)
I "think" this is a photo of them, can't be 100% positive from the thumbnail - will let you know in a minute!
Probably my top two sweets this year were Gypsy (super productive, and started producing earlier than any others) and Giant Marconi, just loaded with peppers.
You might really enjoy this article. I learned a lot from it on non-bells. I'd just about given up on being able to grow sweets, because all my bells rotted out. You'll see a lot of the same names you've seen listed here!
The sweet peppers I have tried are Red Marconi, Jimmy Nardello's, regular
bell peppers and Banana Peppers. I did not find the Red Marconi to be thin
walled. It is sweet and I will be growing it again next year, but the Jimmy
Nardello's, which are thin-walled and smaller, had a much better flavor.
This last year I fed my peppers more and it made a difference. I actually
had some nice bell peppers. Next year I will be growing tons of peppers.
Some of the new varieties will be Golden Marconi, Antohi Romanian, Chervena
Chushka, Tollie's Sweet Italian, Cubanelle and of course hot peppers.
Oh, CajuninKy--Those Purple Beauty Peppers look very nice. The closest
I'm coming to that color next year will be Mini Brown Bell Pepper.