Found: Good Sweet Cherry Peppers

sweet cherry peppersYou may or may not remember my article Cherry Peppers for Stuffing, about my beautiful stuffed cherry peppers that were too hot for me to eat. I wrote that I’d finally found seeds for sweet, rather than hot, cherry peppers, in two varieties, both sold by Reimer Seeds.

The seeds of one, Kuners, failed to germinate at all—like many of the other seeds I bought from Reimer (whose representative told me, by the way, that the company would not replace or issue refunds for any bad seeds).

The seeds of the other variety, Red Cherry Large, sprouted well, but the plants produced irregularly shaped and sized fruits. Most of the peppers were conical rather than round. Only one of the plants produced truly round peppers.

But I saved the seeds of those round cherries and planted them last February. And the four plants that I set out produced beautiful sweet peppers, round, fairly uniform in size (no bigger than 1½ inches and no smaller than 1 inch), with virtually no cracking, and early. I took the picture above in mid-September.

I have stored the peppers in diluted vinegar and will fill them for the holidays as I described in Cherry Peppers for Stuffing.

This goes to show that plant breeding isn’t always difficult. But now I must hope that the seeds I saved from these pretty peppers aren’t crossed with any of the other pepper varieties that I’d planted in the same bed. It’s not easy to keep unique varieties going in a small kitchen garden. If you would like to help steward this cherry pepper, please let me know.

About Linda Ziedrich

I grow, cook, preserve, and write about food in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
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5 Responses to Found: Good Sweet Cherry Peppers

  1. Tim Hammond-Williams says:

    Love to help by growing some out in 19, plenty of isolation space too.

  2. Cathy McQueeney says:

    Hi, Linda! I too would be interested in growing some out on our farm. (Hi, Tim!!!)

  3. I’ve been stuffing the standard mini-peppers with Italian sausage for appetizers or even dinner now (http://artofnaturalliving.com/2016/09/25/sausage-stuffed-mini-peppers/ ). I can see how these peppers would be beautiful stuffed–or even just pickled on a cheese board. If you have extra seeds I would love to try my hand (I can send postage). I don’t grow peppers since my CSAs supply them in abundance so less cross fertilization risk.

  4. downstreamer says:

    These look wonderful. I would love to grow these in my garden.

  5. Debbie Smith says:

    We’ve been looking for a good sweet round cherry pepper. Rally hard too find. Would love to try them!

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