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I'm not fond of raw green bell peppers, except in potato and tuna salad, but have discovered the red ones are sweet enough for me to like in a regular garden salad. Any suggestions on particularly "sweet" varieties of reds would be appreciated. I'm about to germinate my Bell peppers, Kentucky wonder green beans, okra, and squash seeds this weekend (hopefully). That'll set my plant out date for zone 9a at the end of April or first weened in May. Thanks in advance!
Gymgirl. I am pretty traditional and ripe bells are just catching on in the US market. Most of the older cultivars were developed for the green bell market and are slow to ripen. All of them with a few exceptions like the green when ripe cultivars do turn red or yellow or Orange when ripe. Your best bet for a ripe red or yellow or ornage bell is one of the newer Dutch developed cultivars. Ripe bells are much more popular in Europe. One that I have tried is Red Beauty http://www.totallytomato.com It ripens fast after reaching full size and is a very productive bell. Ace (Johnnys)I have not grown but it touted as an early ripening red bell. You also may want to consider sweet non bells like Pimento, Carmen, or Lipstick.
Thanks again, Farmerdill and I look forward to trying some of these varieties. I have learned to roast red bells with a little olive or grapeseed oil. Oh so yummy. And really packed with great nutrition.