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Pepper

Pepper Capsicum spp.

Cultivation requirements are similar to tomatoes and aubergines, but they do need a little more light, heat and a fertile and moisture-retentive soil. They also require a long period of warmth to mature fully. We recommend that peppers are grown in a greenhouse or tunnel where possible, to guarantee a good crop. The seeds need temperatures of over 21°C to germinate. Peppers form a small bush and can often be grown in big pots. For larger varieties use a pot of at least 10cm in diameter and keep well watered to avoid blossom end rot. They are self-pollinating BUT, cross-pollination can occur readily, so isolate if growing more than one variety. Remember to wear rubber gloves when removing seeds for saving from hot varieties. It’s best to save seed from a fully ripe pepper (when the skin starts to wrinkle).

Nardello

Donated by member Lila Towle, this is a true Italian heirloom Pepper grown by the Nardello family since the 19th century. The Nardellos took the pepper seeds with them when they emigrated to the USA in 1887, and when Jimmy Nardello (grandson of the original Nardellos) passed away in 1983 a small amount were donated to the Seed Savers Exchange. Produces a large number of slender, twisted fruits, slightly fatter than chillies. They  have a pungent taste when green, becoming very sweet when red. Perfect for roasting, frying or making pasta sauce. Guardian Jo White agrees, and adds, "this is a curious pepper that likes heat. The peppers are large for the plant, about 4in long and curl over like a pigs tail".

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Sheepnose

This variety comes from Ohio and is a standard-looking bell pepper, ripening from green to red. It is unusual in having a matt finish to the surface of the pepper. For people who do not like the tougher skin of the usual bell pepper, this may be more palatable. Seed Guardians have described it as “very fleshy”, “very rich flavour, excellent roasted in oil” and “very prolific-requiring staking for the fruit”.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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