Fruits are eaten raw, fried, stuffed, roasted, dried, preserved, cooked as a vegetable, pickled, as a sauce, and as a condiment. Fruits can be fermented and salted. Leaves can be eaten as a potherb i soups and stews. Dried powder of fruits can be used as coloring. We have both hot peppers and sweet peppers.
Peppers are tropical plants and can not tolerate temperatures below 45-50 degrees. Because they are long in developing, most gardeners will have to start them indoors and plant out into warm soil, preferably transplant to a sunny area. Peppers are usually self-pollinating (usually 5-10% crossing, more in the South), so you should be able to save the seed of your favorites. Leaves are poisonous. This year we are rating the peppers for hotness: 0 is sweet, 5 is hotter than hot.
H/Matures 9-12/Harvest up to 17/Yield fresh 36-197, hot dried 5-20/Spacing 12”