This is an heirloom pepper.  They are sweet, similar to a bell pepper.  I bought the plants online.  Read on for the source and for a video.


Source of plants:

SeedSavers.org – They shipped the plants in a box to my house.  As you can see, the plants survived and thrived in the garden.  No chemicals needed.  These plants were grown organically.  I have not had any problems with disease or pests.  I’m seeing an average pepper weight of 0.7 ounces each.

Seed savers says about this pepper:  “The seeds for this variety were given to SSE by Jimmy Nardello who lived in Naugatuck, Connecticut until his death in 1983. His family had been growing these peppers in that region ever since coming to the U.S. Mr. Nardello’s mother originally brought the seeds with her when she immigrated to the U.S. in 1887 with her husband Guiseppe. One of the very best for frying. Productive 24” plants are loaded with 10-12” long peppers. 80-90 days from transplant.  Heat •0•

The peppers were originally grown in the Basilicata region of Italy.  I chose this pepper because of that reason, thinking that if the plant adapted to the climate of Italy, it might be well-suited for my climate in Arkansas, since we are at about the same latitude on Earth.  However, this plant must also grow well in cooler areas if the immigrants took it to Connecticut, so this plant will probably grow well in cooler climates, too.


I am happy with Seed Savers and am a repeat customer.  I especially enjoy growing and eating heirloom foods, which are not readily available in stores.  It feels like a treat to get something out of the garden that I can’t buy at the store.  These peppers are good raw or in a stir fry.

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