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A supermarket in my town would charge $39.95 a lb for that pepper. Not really but they do charge enough so I don't think of buying anything but green bells (and not many of those). At the risk of perhaps starting something I shouldn't, what is the situation with bell and non-bell folks? I have noticed non-bells are the more popular. In fact this, my second year growing peppers, I have yet to put a bell in the ground. Did not make a decision not to grow bells; I just selected what was most discussed. Am I missing something good?
Each has their place. I prefer bells for stuffing, salads etc. I also like frying peppers. I even grow a few hot peppers for seasoning. Some folks probably find other types easier to grow than bells, I don't but it depends on climate and soil conditions. Ripe bells do take a long time, but the colored bells are as easy as green bells. I do notice that this forum is mostly for hot peppers and non-bells and just felt like rattling cages a bit.
I'm all about bells as my favorite use is stuffing. Alas, they seem to be shy on the vine and not-so-simple to grow. I do like the non-bells for frying and "dishes", and they do seem to do better in my garden. And a few hot's, of course. None of mine are doing $%#&^ this year - again. I could scream! I swear, next year I WILL start them in January!!!
I've become one of the non-bell people simply because I seem to have the Pepper Mild Mottle Virus that stunts all the bells I've tried. I do have some reportedly virus resistant bells planted this year that "may" do better. The one non-resistant variety I planted this year, 'Canary Belle' (a freebee) is showing the characteristics that match textbook description of the mild mottle virus infection. Some of the others look better, and the 'Gypsy', 'Fooled You' jalepeno, and 'San Martin' ancho don't really seem to be affected. This is the first year that I'm growing all my own plants from seeds, but it looks like my garden soil (and implements) were already contaminated by plants from a commercial nursery.
That is a beautiful pepper, farmerdill. I have not heard of this variety.
I grow mostly non-bells because I like to grow things I could never get at the store at any price. I especially like pimento and paprika types. I did start a couple of bells this year, though, for the first time in ages--Socrates and Hershey. So far my peppers are off to a good start.
For the most part, my non-bells just produce better in my garden. Last year, I did get really good results with 'Big Red'. Unfortunately that dang mouse ate both crops of 'BR' seedlings this spring, but I have a few seeds left to try again with next year. :-)