Having heard good things here about this sweet Italian frying pepper, I ordered a pack of Jimmy Nardello seeds from T.G.S. this year. I read up on the variety - how it's sweet, thin walled with great flavor, and the story about Jimmy Nardello's mother bringing these seeds with her from Sicily in the 1880's. The story goes on to say that an official at Ellis Island changed the family name from "Nardiello", and that Jimmy Nardello lived a long life in CT growing and sharing this excellent pepper variety with his friends and neighbors.
I was in Lowe's today, and Burpee's is offering seeds of a "Nardella" supposedly SPANISH sweet pepper. The picture and description seem identical to Jimmy Nardello. Also, PlantFiles here has sketchy information on a "Nardello" sweet pepper as well as lots of info for the "Jimmy Nardello" pepper.
I think it's all the same pepper. What do you think, and how do you like this variety?
i would imagine it the same pepper. since there is no patent on heirloom a comapany can call it what ever they want . Or that is how i understand it.
i love the JN pepper. its always a keeper IMHO. great drying pepper too. very prolific grower, I have this in my garden ever year.