Sweet Pepper 'Pimiento de Padron'

Capsicum annuum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Capsicum (KAP-sih-kum) (Info)
Species: annuum (AN-yoo-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Pimiento de Padron
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Heat (Pungency):

Sweet (0 Scoville Units)

Mild (1 to 1,000 Scoville Units)

Moderate (1,000 to 5,000 Scoville Units)

Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (under 2" in length)

Fruit Color:

Green changing to red

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:




Fresh (salsa, salads)




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Escondido, California

Menifee, California

Menlo Park, California

Oceanside, California

San Jose, California

Panama City, Florida

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Freeport, Texas

Houston, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 23, 2017, BrownThumbPA from Quakertown, PA wrote:

They're also called "Spanish Roulette" because you can't tell which are the hot ones until you bite into them.

I got mine from Terroir Seeds. If mine survive the initial transplant, they're pretty hardy, and the bunnies and woodchucks tend to leave them alone. (They nibbled one plant and never touched the others.) I have not had any insect or disease problems. The plants get almost 3' high and bear fruit until frost kills them.

Ours tend to be 1 in 3 (33%) hot, but we've heard that ratio is affected by water (or lack thereof) when they're growing.


On Jan 24, 2013, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Pimiento de Padron is a healthy, fast-growing plant that was very quick to produce tasty little peppers (when cooked). It's constantly producing peppers, which makes it very fun and rewarding to grow. The stems are uniquely long, making them perfect little "handles" for eating these peppers as fried tapas. I purchased my seeds from Trade Winds Fruit. Excellent germination rate, too!


On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have used these in all stages from sweet to hot. I like them a bit warm when making piminto cheese and these have just the right kick.

Very good as an ornamental plant


On Jun 13, 2009, cactusman8 from San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Plant is very healthy and productive. 2 or 3 plants will keep an average family supplied with peppers for delicious tapas all summer long. Best when picked green and 2-3 inches long. They will become steadily hotter as they grow larger and redder. They even have nice long stems which serve as handles when eating them after sauteeing in olive oil. Highly recommended. My source for seeds was Johnny's.


On Nov 2, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

55 days, an heirloom from Spain. Small, sweet chili-size peppers; about 20% will be hot.