Beyond Bell Peppers: 15 Peppers to Check Out

Type: Mini Corno di Toro/Bull's Horn Color: Yellow Days to maturity: 55 days green, 75 day red ripe Region(s): Widely Adaptable Other: Bred by Janika Eckert, Cornito Giallo has early, attractive fruits on a strong plant, delicious flavor. JohnnysSeeds.com
Type: Mini Corno di Toro/Bull's Horn Color: Red Days to maturity: 60 days green, 80 day red ripe Region(s): Widely Adaptable Other: Cornito Rosso, bred by Janika Eckert, has Early, attractive fruits on a strong plant, delicious flavor. JohnnysSeeds.com
Breeder: Sakata Type: Finger, hot Color: Dark green Days to maturity: 60 to 70 Region(s): Northeast; Mid-Atlantic; Midwest Other: Sturdy plants with peppers rating 1,500 to 3,000 on the Scoville scale StokesSeeds.com; SakataVegetables.com
Type: Hot pepper, Thai type, upright cluster Color: Green to red Disease package: Potato virus Y; Tobacco etch virus; Tobamo po virus Days to maturity: Very early Region(s): All over US Other: Good for commercial production; home garden; potted plants; hobby gardens GoldenValleyState.com
Type: Ancho/poblano Color: Green Disease package: High resistance to Tobamovirus pathotype (0) Region(s): Eastern U.S. Other: Hitman is a new open field poblano pepper that has an attractive dark green, glossy color. The well-covered plant provides protection for the fruit from the sun and produces high yields of uniformly large, dark-green fruit. Its medium early maturity and high percentage of large 2 lobe peppers make this an excellent choice for growers throughout the eastern U.S. EnzaZaden.com
Type: Sweet banana pepper Color: Light yellow to bright red Disease package: High resistance to bacterial spot (Xcv):0-3, 7-8, 11. Intermediate resistance to Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) Days to maturity: 65 to 70 from transplant Region(s): Ideal for areas where bacterial leaf spot and/or TSWV are a concern Other: Widely adapted, great disease package. Vigorous plants with good cover. Sakata.com
Breeder: U.S. Agriseeds Type: Poblano/ancho Color: green to red Disease resistance: High resistance to tobacco mosaic tobamovirus (TMV) Region(s): Midwest, Northeast Other: High quality, extra large fruit; 1,500-4,000 SHU USAgriseeds.com; RispensSeeds.com
Type: Hungarian papper Color: green, yellow, orange to red Days to maturity: 60 to 65 from transplant Other: These earlier maturing conical pendant shaped peppers produce a thick walled fruit that can be eaten at any stage. The fruits are semi-hot, attractive peppers which can be used for ornamental purposes as well as for processing, pickling and fresh preparations. It grows 6 to 7 inches long, and it won the All America Seletions award for Southeast and Mountain/Southwest. SeedsByDesign.com
Type: Hot wax pepper Color: Green, yellow, orange to red Days to maturity: 80 to 85 from seed; 60 to 65 from transplant Other: Mexican Sunset Pepper F1 is a compact, high-heat Hungarian hot wax pepper. It won the All America Selections award for the Southeast. Fruit sets early, then prolifically throughout the summer. These conical pointed peppers produce a thick walled fruit that can be eaten at any stage. SeedsByDesign.com
Type: Conical sweet pepper Color: Red Disease package: High Resistance to TMV, tomato mosaic tobamovirus (ToMV) and pepper mild mottle tobamovirus (PMMoV) Days to maturity: As early as 105 days from transplant Region(s): Widely adaptable in all pepper growing regions Other: Medium to thick wall, sweet taste. Early fruit set that matures from green to crimson Takii.com
Distributor: Burpee Seeds Type: Jalapeno Color: Dark green Disease package: Bacterial leaf spot (BLS): 1-5 Days to maturity: Main season Region(s): California, Midwest, and East Coast Other: Excellent set, easy de-stem, uniform fruit and very mild heat (Scoville rating: 1,000 - 2,000 SHU) AbbottCobb.com; BurpeeSeeds.com
Breeder: Seminis Type: Jalapeno Color: Dark green to red Disease package: BLS: 0-3; 7-8 Days to maturity: 74 Region(s): Eastern U.S. Other: Jalapeno flavor with no heat. Great to blend with hot jalapenos to customize heat level. Seminis.com; RuppSeeds.com
Type: Shishito pepper Color: Bright green to bright red Days to maturity: 60 from transplant Region(s): Florida (July-January); East Coast, and Northeast for summer. Good for West Coast and Mexico, too Other: May exhibit some fruit that are spicy or pungent under varying climate conditions such as stress like hot and dry conditions. This phenomenon is a distringuishing feature of shishito peppers. Sakata.com
Breeder: Sakata Seed America Type: Acho Color: Dark green to red Disease package: TMV Days to maturity: 80 to 85 Region(s): Eastern U.S. Other: Extra-large, glossy fruit, suited for multiple harvests. Good dry weight ratio. Sakata.com; RuppSeeds.com
Type: Conical sweet pepper Color: Yellow Disease package: High Resistance to TMV, ToMV, and PMMoV Days to maturity: As early as 105 days from transplant Region(s): Widely adaptable to all pepper growing regions Other: Medium to thick wall, sweet taste. Early fruit set that matures from green to yellow Takii.com

Want to grow peppers beyond bell peppers? Then take a look at these 15 varieties, which range from jalapenos to Hungarian to poblanos.

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