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Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

February 22, 2007
1:39 AM

Post #3213077

I am looking for some good sweet pepper varieties especially the yellows or reds. I have always grown California Wonder but would love to find a good yellow.

Store bought peppers seem to have a thinner skin than a home grown one. Do you suppose the amount of irrigation used during growth makes that difference?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 22, 2007
2:51 PM

Post #3214360

If you are not restricted to bells, you have lots of choices. One of the easiest to grow is the Sweet Banana.
Yellow bells include http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/63626/index.html
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/82744/index.html
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/106257/index.html There are 100 yellow bells listed in Plantfiles, these are just ones I have grown. There are over 100 red bells listed, but few pictures. I like sweet frying peppers http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/81514/index.html You also have the cubanelle types. http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/78251/index.html
Bells also come in various shades of purple and brown as well as orange.
Probably the greatest factor is cultivar. Many of the commercial cultivars are not readily available to home gardeners.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

February 22, 2007
2:55 PM

Post #3214371

Farmerdill,
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!
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


February 23, 2007
12:23 AM

Post #3215853

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.
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

February 23, 2007
2:21 AM

Post #3216200

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.

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