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If Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers

How Many Pickled Peppers Did Peter Piper Pick?

Let's find out!

Right now you can pre-order enough pepper plants to create a peck (1/4 bushel), though you'll fit more in that peck if they're pickled.

You just have to decide if you want hot or sweetor both.

Hot peppers come in a number of varieties. Which peppers to grow should be determined by exactly what you want to do with them. Color may be a consideration, and size, although the most common distinction to be drawn between hot peppers is the number of Scoville heat units (the accepted measurement for pepper heat) assigned to each variety.

If you're pickling them, you're likely to choose a Jalapeño. Ours is considered a medium-hot variety, with a Scoville rating between 2,500 and 8,000.

For Chile Rellenos, you'll want to grow Poblano(1,000 to 2,000 Scoville units). These mild peppers are large enough to stuff but are also ideal for roasting and peeling, and then freezing or canning. You can also use the Anaheim Chili to make Chile Rellenos. It can be slightly warmer than Poblano, but can be used when red. The Poblano is too ripe for stuffing when it has turned red. The Anaheim Chili can measure as low as 500 on the Scoville Scale while green, and as high as 2,500 once it has turned red.

If you want hotand we mean really, really hotyou'll want to grow the Habañero or Ghost. The habañero used to be considered by most to be the hottest hot pepperuntil Ghost hit the market. Let's compare Scoville units: Habañeros will range between 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units, while the Ghost Hot Pepper can measure from 855,000 to 1,041,427 Scoville units. Now, THAT IS HOT!

Your decision on what sweet peppers to grow may be a bit easier. Sweet peppers, a.k.a. bell peppers, are used fresh, in basic everyday cooking, in stir-fry dishes and for stuffing. If you are not stuffing them, your decision on which variety to grow will likely have to do with flavor and color. If, on the other hand, you are stuffing them, you will want a sweet pepper with a thick wall and blocky shape. Aristotleand Colossalbell peppers are grown most commonly for stuffing. Early Sunsationwill be replacing Admiral this year, this yellow pepper maturing quite early and having thicker and juicier walls. You can stuff these even when fully ripened to bright yellow.

For sweet flavor, especially in crisp, fresh summertime salads, you may want to grow our Sweet Banana pepper or Merlot.

But, if you want to set records at your local county fair, grow our Super Heavyweight sweet pepper. Humongous and lushly gold when fully mature, you can stuff one to feed two people!

  • Just browse our entire selection
  • Add a quantity of each type of pepper plant to your cart
  • Wait for healthy, ready-to-grow plants to arrive on your doorstep just in time for planting.

And finally

  • Pickle some peppers to enjoy long after your harvest!

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